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.
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.