AP gears up for land pooling for ports and industries

  • Directions issued to district collectors

 Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Government has issued directions to district collectors to initiate steps for land pooling for ports and industries in the State. The collectors were asked to follow the land pooling procedures implemented for the capital, Amaravati, where the government had taken over 33,000 acres of land from the farmers. The Amaravati land pooling model is set to be implemented across the State wherever land is required for infrastructure development.

The land pooling would be done on priority for Machilipatnam and Bhavanapadu sea ports and Kakinada and Bhogapuram beach corridor. The land required for internal water ways will also be acquired on the same basis.

The State government had directed the Krishna District Collector to begin land pooling in Machilipatnam for the port. The district administration had already issued notification for the pooling of 14,000 acres of private land and 5200 acres of government land for the port. The government intends to begin the port work in 2017 and complete it in a record time of one year. The administration would now proceed further on pooling the land extending the Amaravati package, including compensation, to the land owners.

The government had also directed the Vizianagaram District Collector to begin the process for pooling 2,050 acres of land for the green field port at Bhavanapadu. The land from Bhavanapadu, Marripadu and Devunaltada villages would be taken from the farmers for the port extending the Amaravati compensation package.

As the Central government is planning to revive the waterways from Kakinada to Puducherry, reviving the Buckingham Canal, the State government is planning to take lands from the people all along to provide connectivity. The government is also planning to go for more internal connectivity using this national network. This would mean that places around the national waterways would also be connected using the existing canal systems and even go for new canals. The existing canals in the State are to be widened to suit to the waterways project for which it would require to take lands from the farmers. The major canals like Eluru Canal and Nidadavolu Canal are to be widened which would require land pooling.

The beach corridor from Kakinada to Bhogapuram too would require land pooling. This 180 km-long stretch would be developed into a tourist corridor along the sea coast keeping an eye on foreign tourists.

In addition to this, the government is also planning to establish logistic parks at Kakinada, Krishnapatnam and Visakhapatnam. The district collectors of the respective places were directed to keep the land ready for the projects. Accordingly, the officials would have to take 98 acres for Visakhapatnam, 89 acres for Kakinada and 142 acres for Krishnapatnam to establish logistic parks in these places.

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