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Andhra needs 30,000 acres of land for new state capital

The Capital Advisory Committee has also decided that an Urban Development Authority for Visakhapatnam would be formed on the similar lines of the capital city.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: October 26, 2014 3:08:27 am

The Andhra Pradesh government has concluded after several surveys and studies that it would require 30,000 acres of land to establish a new capital. The land is needed to house government and administrative offices, state government institutions, housing quarters for ministers and MLAs, and other government buildings.

The new capital city is excepted to be completed five years after construction begins in the Vijayawada-Guntur region. For this, the existing Vijayawada-Guntur -Tenali-Mangalagiri-Urban Development Authority  would be dissolved and the Capital Region Development Authority will be notified once the plans are finalised.

The Capital Advisory Committee has also decided that an Urban Development Authority for Visakhapatnam would be formed on the similar lines of the capital city. The Chief Minister would be the chairman of this authority.

In a meeting with the committee at the Secretariat on Saturday, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that the process of procuring land would be through land pooling system, and that even private real estate developers would be encouraged to procure land, for which they would be compensated by being made stakeholders in the capital development. Only if land owners refuse to give land would the government opt for land acquisition, the CM said.

The advisory committee is headed by Urban Development and Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana, and comprises TDP MPs Y S Chowdhary and Galla Jaydev, former MLA B Mastan Rao, B Srinivas of GMR Group, M Prabhkar Rao of Nuzividu Seeds Ltd, G V Sanjay Reddy of GVK Group, and Peepul Capital CMD C S Raju.

Under the land pooling system, 50 per cent of land will be earmarked for common assets. The CM has directed the committee to expedite the process of land pooling and said a special officer would be appointed to look into the system. The land pooling certificate, which would confer transferable rights on the reconstituted land, will be given to the land owner after the notification of layout plan is out.

The Chief Minister said that district collectors with respective local legislators and ministers would take the responsibility of convincing land owners to participate in the land pooling system.

During the meeting, it was also decided that an additional incentive in the form of Rs 25,000 per acre, escalating at the rate of five percent a year for 10 years or till the first transaction, would be given to each land owner. The land owners would be exempt from paying stamp duty, registration fees and non-agriculture land assessment.

The landless poor who lose their livelihoods will be provided training for skill upgradation for employment opportunities, Naidu said.

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