Andhra Pradesh capital to be ready in 3 years

The Cabinet sub-committee on land acquisition for the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh in the Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri area has announced that the new city will shape up within three years.

Disclosing the decisions of the meeting here on Friday, state IT Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that the district collectors of Krishna and Guntur districts and the Registrars were invited for a meeting on “land pooling,” to be held on Oct 6 in Vijayawada.  

“Other than discussing the issue in detail, we are planning to stop registration in the VGTM area for at least 10 days, when the actual land pooling process begins,” Raghunatha Reddy said.

State Municipal and Urban Development Minister P Narayana said it was decided that the process of capital building will be speeded up as the there is dire need of bringing the administration close to the people of the state.

The sub-committee has decided to acquire at least 50,000 acres of land through land pooling, out of the total requirement of at least one lakh acres required to build the infrastructure. The sub-committee has concluded that the development cost for each acre will be around Rs 60 lakh to Rs 90 lakh.

“The development cost in Naya Raipur that we have studied was around Rs 70 lakh. First we need to build the Secretariat, Assembly, Raj Bhavan,  ministers and staff quarters,” Raghunatha Reddy said.

The state government is also planning to build a 184 km Outer Ring Road circling the VGTM area and a Chicago model capital with skyscrapers near the river front, keeping in mind the scarcity of land. 

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