naidu in singapore

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu plans to entrust the task of preparing the master plan for the new capital to Singapore and Japan. This, in effect, means that the TDP government may not go in for bidding, which it proposed earlier, to select an agency to devise the master plan. It is planning to persuade the Singapore government to prepare the macro plan for the capital and Japan for the micro plan.

“Khoo Teng Chye, executive director for Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore, will visit Vijayawada for two days in mid-December for the ground assessment of the capital region. We will ask Singapore and Japan to help AP on country-to-country basis,“ Narayana said.Khoo Teng has been made member of the state capital advisory committee. A team of officials in the municipal administration department will also undergo training in Singapore on capital construction and city management.Naidu plans to spend Rs 30,000 crore in the first phase for construction of the capital. Narayana said the cost will be met through assignment of the government’s share of land acquired via land pooling to international developers. Though they are not sure of the quantum of funds the central government would provide, Narayana said, “We expect the Centre will contribute to a large extent.“Referring to land pooling, Narayana said the government will come out with an ordinance on the capital region development authority (CRDA) pending regular legislation. The land pooling scheme will be an integral part of the CRDA ordinance, he added. The government will go for land acquisition in case of strong resistance from farmers in a particular village.

The government is mulling completing the land pooling process in the next four months. The developed portion of the land will be given back to land owners within a year. However, the administrative capital, including the buildings for the chief minister’s office, secretariat and other departments, will be ready by June 2018, a year ahead of the general elections in May 2019.

Narayana also said the land pooling guidelines will be in place later this week.“Naidu will finalise the quantum of compensation to be given to farmers after his return from Japan,“ he said. The state government has offered 1,000 sq yards of developed land per acre of land pooled from farmers.But the farmers are demanding at least 1,250 sq yards of developed land and 200 sq yards of commercial plot in return for every acre.

 Source: Times of India