Andhra Pradesh looks to land pooling model for large PPP infra projects
The success of the land-pooling model comes as the NDA Govt at the Centre struggles to change the law to make land acquisition easier.
The success of the land-pooling model comes as the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre struggles to change the law to make land acquisition easier. The NDA government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s alliance partner, had issued an ordinance to amend the law, which expires next month.
The Naidu government has been able to procure about 98% of the land needed for the greenfield capital city. The state government unveiled the land-pooling scheme in December, under which owners can swap their plots for a share of the developed property.
After entering into an agreement with the Singapore government for assistance in building the new capital, the state government engaged Surbana and Jurong International to prepare a master plan for the capital region.
Andhra Pradesh was left without a capital after Telangana was carved out of the state in June 2014. Apart from the capital city, involving investments of over Rs 1 lakh crore, the AP government has chalked out plans to develop three mega cities, 13 smart cities, three airports and three metro rail projects.
Most of the large infrastructure projects will be taken up in the PPP mode and tenders will be floated soon. We will prefer land-pooling model over other modes for large infrastructure projects,” Naidu told ET last week. “The idea is that the landowner or farmer should not lose and there should be employment opportunities across the state through industrialisation and infrastructure creation.”
Naidu said an airport being planned near Vizag will be on par or better than the international airport at Hyderabad, the former Andhra Pradesh capital that’s now a part of Telangana. The government is also looking at setting up a logistics hub between Visakhapatnam and Kakinada on the east coast connecting 3-4 seaports under the Sagara Mala project. Naidu has asked the authorities to pool at least 15,000 acres of land for the proposed airport and airport city to come up at Bhogapuram near Visakhapatnam, said Parakala Prabhakar, communications advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government.
“The government machinery is highly upbeat with the unprecedented success it tasted with the country’s most novel land-pooling model. Never in Indian history have such large tracts of over 30,000 acres of land been procured through land-pooling,” Prabhakar told ET.