AMARAVATI: The YSRCP government has initiated the process to make the way clear for formation of three capitals for Andhra Pradesh by repealing the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Act and bringing a new legislation empowering the government to establish various government departments at different centres in the state.
The Times of India reported that the new measures are intended to clear legal complications for the proposal to move the capital out of Amaravati.
While the new legislation entitled ‘The AP Decentralisation and Equal Development of All Regions Act, 2020’ is intended to enable shifting of the administrative capital to Vishakapatanam the repealing of the CRDA Act would nullify the Amaravati master plan envisaged by the previous TDP regime.
The Decentralisation legislation is pave way for constitution of three zonal development boards for three regions — north coastal, central coastal and Rayalaseema. “The bill paves way for closer participation of people of all regions in development and provide for an evenly distributed growth of the state and for decentralisation of development of state,” The TOI quoted a senior official as saying.
The government would constitute zonal development boards to demarcate the state into three regions. It would be empowered to make such recommendations to the state for ensuring better development in that zone.
The CRDA, which is sought to be repealed, will be replaced by the erstwhile urban development board — Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTM UDA). The VGTM UDA will now draft a new master plan for the entire area and not exclusively for the capital city.
According to the TOI report, the state government has also decided to offer additional land compensation to the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) farmers. The government would grant 200 sq.yard of additional land to all those who gave land for the capital city. The LPS farmers would now get 1,600 sq yard instead of 1,400 sq yard as promised in the principal Act.
Similarly, the government has decided to grant annuity amount for three more years than the promise made in the CRDA Act. Farmers would now get annual lease amount for 13 years instead of 10 years earlier.