The VGTM Urban Development Authority was instituted by AP State Govt way back in 1978. This authority was apppointed under AP Urban Areas Development Act of 1975. VGTM was envisioned to address the growth of four main regions – Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri and another 150 villages that fall in their vicinity.
These areas come under the jurisdiction of both Krishna and Guntur districts, falling demographically in the intersection of both the regions.
The boundary of VGTM that was 1665 Sq kilometers initially was later extended to 1955 Sq kilometers in the year 1988. This was due to rapidly progressing urbanization in the state and the country. Population in this area was 30 lakh back in the day, spanning across more than 40 villages. Taking a cue from the existing arrangement in the area, Master Plans were prepared for the capital region way forward.
History of 2006 Zonal Development Plans and their vision for VGTM region
AP Govt happened to prepare Zonal development plans for the VGTM region in 2006. These plans apply to the area of 1954.61 Sq kilometers of the region, which will now be called as Amaravati.
What Are Zonal Development Plans?
These plans constitute the proposals for land use and zonal regulations that apply to the four regions. The plan was prepared keeping in mind the probable projections that stretch to the year 2021.
Factors Considered For The Zonal Development
Various factors that were considered duly by the government while preparing these zonal development plans are as below:
Economic and Environmental Profile
Land Use Pattern
Traffic and Transportation
Heritage and Tourism
Sector wise issues
Based on the above, four important vision statements were prepared individually for all the areas of VGTM region
Vision for Vijayawada
A national level transport node; sub national commercial and service center, tourism and cultural heritage center, educational, professional and knowledge hub as a knowledge city.
Vision for Guntur & Tenali
International trade and commerce and industrial hub, and center of educational institutes of world order, providing good living environment to its surrounding areas.
Guntur as regional service centre for neighbouring towns and villages by providing world class infrastructure and maintaining clean environment.
Vision for Mangalagiri
Growth point with small and medium scale secondary sectors in regional raw materials while conserving the heritage and historical value unique to the town.
The proposals from the Zonal development plans are now being integrated in the Capital Region Strategy Plan. There would however, be few changes and upgrades made looking at the current prevailing factors into infrastructure, excess population migration and economic dynamics in the capital region.