Hyderabad: Weeks after declaring that Vijayawada will be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, the TDP government said on Tuesday that the state has only 4,000 acres of land in the proposed capital area.
"Therefore, we have no option but to take up land pooling to acquire up to 50,000 acres of land in the Vijayawada-Guntur region over the next one year," AP municipal administration minister P Narayana said at a press conference here.
Narayana said that if farmers do not come forward for land pooling, the Land Acquisition Act may be invoked as a last resort. "We have so far visited Chhattisgarh capital Naya Raipur, Gujarat capital Gandhinagar and Chandigarh to study land pooling methods.Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. For the AP government, land pooling for the new capital is not a commercial operation but a responsibility" he said.
The minister said that Naya Raipur and Gandhinagar do not have any social infrastructure and merely function as administrative blocks. "People do not live in these capitals. Our chief minister wants to build a capital with good social infrastructure. For an administrative capital, we may need only about 10,000 acres but if we want to develop a social eco-system, we would need around 50,000 acres" he said.
According to Narayana, the proposed capital will have separate sectors for education, administration, social infrastructure and residences."All these will be developed simultaneously once we acquire land from farmers and others through the pooling method. They would also stand to gain as the value of the land will shoot up after it is developed," he said.
Explaining further the modes of land pooling, Narayana said that in Naya Raipur, the Chhattisgarh government retained 65% of the land after developing it and gave the remaining 35% to the owner. In the Gandhi Nagar model, of the total land pooled, 15% was allotted for roads, 5% for open parks, 5% for social infrastructure, 10% for lower index groups and 15% as land bank. The remaining 50% was developed and shared equally between the state and the owner. "We will also visit Singapore and China to study land pooling methods there," Narayana added.