When the prestigious project of expanding the Vijayawada airport began, a lot of farmers and land owners had offered their lands for the project under the land pooling scheme. Now, the state government has begun the allotment of returnable land to the land owners and farmers in and around the Gannavaram area.
In order to ensure that smart property owners do not get their way by submitting their preferences, the revenue officials have begun the allotment by conducting public hearings in different villages from 19th June. Under the land pooling scheme that was introduced by state CM, N Chandrababu Naidu, close to 700 acres of land was acquired from Gannavaram and 10 of its neighboring villages. This land was then handed over to the Airports Authority of India by the district administration, which in turn has begun the extension work of the runway.
On 16th June, a government order comprising of the rule of plot allotment was issued by Ajay Jain, CRDA’s Principal Secretary. He said that based on their eligibility under the Revenue Villages Land Pooling Development Scheme, the landlords can submit application forms 18(A) or 18(B) within 15 days from the time that the plot allotment policy is published. A drawing lot system similar to the one that was used in Amaravati to return the plots would be implemented to allot the plots.
Opting for different standard size plots is allowed to the landlords. However, if they are interested in getting extra area, they can either go for a standard plot that is jointly shared with another land owner. In case they are interested in an undivided plot, they can opt for the plots that earmarked by CRDA. They can also opt for bonds which possess transferable development rights.