Land acquisition for Bhogapuram airport fast-tracked – ET RealEstate

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VISAKHAPATNAM: The foundation stone for the greenfield international airport at Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram district is likely to be laid in the last week of April or the first week of May. The district administration is in the process of completing land acquisition for the project.

GMR group inked an agreement with the state government to develop Bhogapuram International Airport in June 2020. Works were to have started in August 2020 and completed by 2023. However, work is yet to begin due to incomplete land acquisition.

Bhogapuram airport will provide air connectivity to the north-coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam.

The state government is planning to provide road and rail connectivity to Vizag from the airport. The Vizianagaram district administration has acquired around 2,552 acres for the project

Speaking to TOI, joint collector, Vizianagaram, G Ch Kishore, said excepting 123.4 acres, which are sub-judice, the remaining land is being handed over to the project proponent.

β€œWe are in the process of acquiring another 80 acres of land for the approach road, terminal and runway of the project. Initially, farmers opposed land acquisition citing their dwelling units will be affected, now farmers have realised that land acquisition would not affect their units and the issue has been resolved,” he said.

The district administration also fast tracked the rehabilitation and resettlement (R and R) package and some displaced persons in the project will occupy new colonies built under the R and R package. As Vizag is proposed to become the executive capital, work on the airport may start in coming months. As per plans, the airport is expected to handle 6.3 million passengers annually in the first phase and will increase it to 18 million depending on demand.

B Raja Srinivas, president, Credai, Andhra Pradesh, said once the airport is operational, Vizag and Vizianagaram will emerge as twin cities on the lines of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.



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Andhra Pradesh government readies blueprint to develop suburbs into smart cities – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: In a move that could spur development in urban areas, the government has decided to develop suburban areas with required civic infrastructure.

The municipal administration department has readied a blueprint to make suburban areas into smart cities. Interestingly, the state government has decided to offer house sites to the middle and upper-middle income groups at reasonable prices in the layouts to be readied by the municipal administration department. The plans will be rolled out after the completion of municipal elections.

The urban development authorities (UDAs), which used to handle real estate business by readying layouts with civic infrastructure, would be pressed into resume the business afresh. The UDAs have stopped handling the layout business despite success in many towns and cities. Sources said that the UDAs had confined themselves to the regulating authority to clear the plans for the layouts due to pressure from influential real estate firms.

The urban development authorities had failed to play the role of enforcement authority to curb illegal and unauthorised ventures by private parties. This resulted in many middle and upper-middle income groups being duped by fake and illegal real estate firms.

Hundreds of housing layouts that have come up on the outskirts of the existing towns and cities have remained idle due to lack of civic infrastructure. β€œThe dreams of the middle-class of owning a house were shattered by the civic bodies which could not act fast enough to expand the infrastructure in the outskirts, leading to high stress on land values within the towns and cities. This can be changed only when the basic infrastructure is available in the outskirts,” said Dr Razaq Mohammed, an urban planner.
Andhra Pradesh government readies blueprint to develop suburbs into smart citiesChief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has noticed the gap between the aspirations of the middle-class and the reality with regard to land value, particularly in urban areas.

In order to bring down high land prices, the chief minister has directed the municipal administration department to develop layouts to offer house sites to the middle-class on a no-profit no-loss basis.



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Andhra Pradesh to set up three concept cities for IT related industries – ET RealEstate

AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday directed the officials to come up with an action plan to set up three concept cities near Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, and Bengaluru to house information technology and related industries in the state.

As per an official release, the Chief Minister said that these cities should contribute to the IT progress and help in the development of the state by bringing in as many industries as possible and focus on creating a large number of jobs.

“The Chief Minister has directed officials to focus on ensuring uninterrupted internet service should be provided in every village. He had stressed on the construction of libraries with accessible bandwidth internet connections in every village. Apart from building libraries, the Chief Minister instructed that all the secretariats and Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBKs) in the village should also be connected to the internet,” it said.

The release said that the Andhra government is also chalking out plans to develop an integrated industrial park in Visakhapatnam, which will includes high-end skill university, incubation centers, labs, departmental offices, data centre and IT towers.

“The government now plans to set up an institute of emerging technology and research university,” it said.

Reddy also directed officials to set up hubs for all e-governance applications in fields of education, health, agriculture and other services of the state.



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By June, six states will have maps 100 times more detailed – ET RealEstate

NEW DELHI: By mid-year, six states – Haryana, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka – will have maps 100 times more detailed than existing ones. And by the end of the year, the Survey of India (SOI) will wrap up the first leg of its project to create high-resolution maps for nine states in the first national cartographic update in 16 years.

“By June, we expect to map six states. Three others, we hope to map by the end of the year,” former Surveyor General of India Lt Gen Girish Kumar (retired), who has been overseeing the project, said. The latter includes Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. About 23,000 villages have been covered so far. The project will cover all states eventually but timelines have been difficult to estimate for the rest because of the Covid-induced gap in operations.

After Independence, official maps in India used a 1:63,000 scale (1cm on the map represented 630m on the ground) for a few years. In 1958, the scale was tightened to 1:50,000. Now, after all these years, the scale will be sharpened further to 1:500, a straight 100-fold increase in detail.

And it comes with a massive technology upgrade. So far, SOI had been using Cartosat satellites and optical devices mounted on aircraft to capture images and develop maps – those could only capture objects larger than 100m x 100m in size. Now, SOI has switched to drone-based mapping and optical airborne high-resolution satellite imagery. “We had 180 optical drones and have ordered 300 more,” Kumar said. The new maps can capture objects as small as 1m x 1m.

“It means that official maps will show everything from houses to offices and, for instance, the smallest landmark in a remote village,” an SOI official said. How would it be different from Google Maps then? “We are accountable by law. Google Maps can’t be used in a legal dispute. Besides, positional accuracy is not guaranteed by digital maps.”

The last topographical survey of India was completed in 2005. That database is still being used by all government agencies – the National Highways Authority of India, the Archaeological Survey of India, Census of India, mining, defence, and so on. An SOI official said the update is important because it will help address inter-state border disputes, flood forecasting, rural property rights, urban planning, public asset management and commercial activities around natural formations like rivers, drains, mountains or deserts.

“The focus will be dispute resolution and creation of land record databases under our programme Svamitva,” said secretary, department of science and technology secretary, Ashutosh Sharma. Besides, security agencies, police, paramilitary forces, and strategic and border security agencies will also use these detailed maps and data.



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