The land pooling policy was notified by the central government in 2013, with a view to include the private sector in the process of urban development, both in strategic planning, aggregation of scattered small land holdings as well as execution and development.
Consolidation of land has been the biggest challenge that the development agencies have long faced while trying to urbanise India. It is a dynamic process, and landowners have forever been influenced by each other, not by the government agency acquiring the land.
After getting success at Andhra Pradesh capital Amravati, the government is asking district administrations across the state for adapting the same method to complete urban housing projects sanctioned under Prime Minister Avas Yojana scheme.
Following the orders of municipal administration and urban development minister Dr P Narayana’s orders in his recent visit, Visakhapatnam collector Praveen Kumar and joint collector G Srijana have convened a meeting with respective revenue officials at conference hall.
‘We have to allocate lands to APTIDCO to meet the set targets regarding urban housing’ said Praveen Kumar. Revenue staff should see that there should not be any dispute in acquiring the lands under land pooling system at Parawada, Gajuwaka, Kommadi, Pardeshipalem and Sabbavaram. If there is any litigation then projects will not move further, he added.
‘We have to identify 900 acres of land towards Gajuwaka side and 150 acres towards Madhurawada’ said Srijana. Already teams were set up comprising of officials from revenue, horticulture and forest and they should swing in to work and acquire lands, she added.
We have to identify government lands, assigned lands and private properties in the survey accurately’ said special deputy collector Sathi Babu.
Revenue divisional officer Bharat Teja, SDC Nehru, Tahashildars of respective mandals, forest and horticultures officials has participated in the review program.