On 10th June, AP Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu announced that all the land that would not be pooled into Amaravati’s construction or does not fall under the Land Acquisition Act will be declared as a green belt. According to him, this step will ensure that these lands are not used for non-agricultural purposes.
However, the officials working in Andhra Pradesh’s Capital Development Authority (CRDA) will try to identify and acquire the land from farmers who are willing to give up their lands to be pooled into the capital region. In other cases, the land will be included in the Land Acquisition Act (LA).
The CM said that the lands whose land owners did not agree to give up their land holdings even after the invocation of LA would be declared as green belts. According to Cherukuri Sreedhar, the Commissioner of CRDA, the various problems that are being faced by the department in acquiring these lands are slowly being resolved in villages like Penumaka, Undavalli etc.
When asked about the progress of the designs of the capital city, Sreedhar informed the CM that the master plans of the main government area will be submitted by Foster and Partners in the coming week. Plans are also on to build a viewing tower on the central axis that will lie between River Krishna’s banks and the Legislature Complex.
CM Naidu also viewed the presentations of the progress of construction of the various university campuses including Vellore Institute of Technology, SRM University, National Institute of Designs and other institutes for higher studies. At the occasion he said that it was important that the citizens be made aware of the various reputed universities coming up in Amaravati, such that talented students can look for high quality education closer to their homes.
According to the delegation of McKinsey & Co, the city of Amaravati could actually be developed to become one with a high happiness index by enhancing the economic activity, improving engagement of the community and well being of the citizens, offering consistent growth and delivering proper governance. They said that the city actually has the potential to grow into one that has the GDP of up to INR 1.20 lakh crores, equal to that of metropolitan cities. They added that the city also has the capacity of offering 1.5 million jobs to its citizens by the year 2050.
The Chief Minister was quite delighted after taking a look at the presentation created by D. Lakshmi Parthasarathy, the Chairperson of Amaravati Development Corporation, on developing a botanical garden cum park at Sakhamuru. He said that designing the 250 acres garden into a Disneyland for Amaravati was surely a great idea.