Farmers Offer 33,000-acre Land for Andhra Capital at Amaravati


Farmers have come forward to voluntarily offer their land as part of the pooling system adopted to acquire land for Amaravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. So far, they have offered about 90% of the 38,581-acre land required for Amaravathi development.

The land pooling method was also lauded as the model to the nation in land acquisition by NITI Aayog, the central government think tank.

As per T Srinivasa Rao OSD to CM, of the targeted 38,581.15 acres of land required for the new capital, Amaravati development, farmers have voluntarily donated 32, 637.48 acres which are about 89%.

Mr. Rao felt that the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS), evolved by Andhra Pradesh, is the assembling of small land parcels voluntarily into a large land parcel under different ownership.

APCRDA (Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority), has been formulated for coordination, planning, executing, promoting and securing the planned Amaravati development. It also ensures the return of the reconstituted land and payment of benefits to the landowners per every acre which was voluntarily handed over by them.

The landowners will receive 1000 square yards of residential plots for every acre of patta land and 450 square yards of commercial plots for semi-urban lands. Similarly, the landowners will receive 1,000 square yards of residential plot and 250 square yards of commercial plots for every acre of dry land.
Apart from these, the landowners will also be paid 30,000 rupees for dry land and 50,000 rupees for semi-urban lands per acre as an annuity for crop loss for a period of 10 years.

Each family will receive a one-time additional payment of up to Rupees 1 lakh for gardens like amla, guava, jasmine, sapota, and lime and up to 1.50 Lakh rupees agriculture loan waiver.

Amaravati Infrastructure Work

The construction work for the seat of administration has started in Amaravati near the Velagapudi area. This project also includes government complexes including the Chief Minister’s office on 45 acres.

Five buildings with a capacity to accommodate 500 staff have already been completed in the last seven months.

The access road for about 18.30 Km is under progress. In addition, seven road contracts are in progress. All these are likely to get completed by February 2018.

For decongesting city major roads to ease traffic and transport, outer ring road of about 186 Km length and an inner ring road for a length of 97.5 Km has been proposed in the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

As per official sources, the government plans to allocate 996 acres of land to few institutions for setting up health, educational and other bodies at a projected budget of Rupees 17, 808 crores.

The twelve institutions to come up will involve private as well as government bodies and include Rupees 7,100 crore from SRM University and VIT University. These projects are estimated to create 32, 726 jobs. Also, the Indo-UK Institute of Health and Amrita University have been allocated land at a cost of Rupees 3,200 crore.

In the previous month, the Andhra Pradesh government had inked a deal with Singapore creating 6.84 Km as startup area in phases at Capital Amaravati.

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