Land pooling for AP's new capital to begin on Tuesday

Capital Region Development Authority Bill will be introduced in Assembly session

Land pooling for AP's new capital to begin on Tuesday

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday announced that the land pooling for the new capital would officially begin from Tuesday.

Naidu made the announcement here after the final meeting of the cabinet sub-committee that finalised norms for pooling 30,000 acres of land in 29 villages of Mangalagiri and Tullur mandals of Guntur district.

Addressing the media, Naidu said land owners were classified as riverfront (Jareeb) lands and dry land owners.

While owners of Jareeb land would get 1000 square yards of residential and 300 square yards of commercial land, dry and assigned land owners would get 800 square yards of residential and 200 square yards of commercial land in exchange of one acre of land given for pooling.

“They could sell the land only after it is handed over to them in three years, during which time the government would develop the land along with the infrastructure,” Naidu said.

“The development will begin from Tuesday itself. Farmers will have to fill up willingness forms following which they will get “Land pooling ownership certificate,” he added.

The norms entitle Rs 30,000 compensation per acre per year for tenant farmers, Rs 50,000 for fruit orchard and Rs 30,000 for dry/assigned land owners.

“The compensation will be paid for a decade. Each farmer will enjoy the benefits of the developed land in the same zone from which their land has been pooled. In addition all the farm loans will be waived,” Naidu said.

The government would introduce the Capital Region Development Authority Bill in the forthcoming winter session of the Assembly. It would also set up Capital Area Social Security Fund to assist the land owners and the poor in the capital region.  Those who lose their dwellings in road widening and other construction work would be given housing, free education, medical facilities and a year-long NREGA work and old age homes.

In addition, the government would also put to use tractors and other vehicles owned by the farmers in the capital region.

Naidu dispelled fears that loss of precious agriculture land for the development of the capital city would have an adverse impact on food production in the state. He promised to make AP drought proof with latest farming technology.

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