Ordinance to create Tadigadapa municipality comes as surprise – ET RealEstate

VIJAYAWADA: The recent ordinance promulgated by the state government to create Tadigadapa municipality has come as shocker to the locals. With the creation of Tadigadapa municipality, the state government has put plans of creating Greater Vijayawada Municipal Corporation on the back burner.

Earlier it was proposed to merge 45 villages around Vijayawada city into Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to create urban infrastructure by expanding the city limits.

Though some efforts were made to create Greater Vijayawada Municipal Corporation during the previous government, the proposal remained on paper due to various reasons.

In fact the proposal faced stiff resistance from local politicians as they would lose prominence once the village panchayats are merged into the corporation. Even the people of these villages also opposed the move in fear of higher taxes if they become part of the municipal corporation.

The state government’s move to create a separate municipality with Kanuru, Tadigadapa, Yanamalakudu and Poranki as YSR Tadigadapa municipality with 38 wards comes as a surprise to many as it was never in discussions.

In the ordinance notified by the government, boundaries of 13 municipalities and two municipal corporations have been changed by merging surrounding villages.

Tadigadapa was the only municipality that was newly created apart from upgrading five other panchayats into Nagara Panchayats (urban local bodies).

In the earlier plan of Greater Vijayawada, it was proposed to bring all the villages from Kanuru till Kankipadu into the corporation limits.

Now, even after creating a new municipality, the state government limited it to only four villages leaving other villages like Penamaluru, Gosala and Kankipadu which have also expanded rapidly in recent times having continuity with Vijayawada.

Ch Baburao, the capital region coordinating secretary of CPM, said that the decision to create YSR Tadigadapa municipality was taken in haste with political motives. There should be a comprehensive study and consultative process before creating new urban local bodies but in present case, there is no scientific study or basis to create Tadigadapa municipality with only four villages leaving out other villages, he said, adding that the government should also clarify its stand on Greater Vijayawada.

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Andhra Pradesh government to develop layouts for urban middle class – ET RealEstate

VIJAYAWADA: The state government has proposed to develop layouts in urban areas to provide plots to middle class families at an affordable price. Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in a review meeting with officials of the municipal administration and urban development department on Thursday proposed the scheme aimed at fulfilling the dream of middle class families to own a property without any legal disputes.

The government would provide undisputed plots with clear title deeds to the applicants on lottery basis at low cost on no-profit basis. He directed the officials to brainstorm and prepare the policy in this regard.

Jagan recalled Rajiv Swagruha programme which was implemented during Rajsekhar Reddy’s regime in urban areas. He said, at present, the idea is to provide undisputed plots at a lower price with a clear title deed, instead of flats.

The government would develop the layouts, prepare the plots and allocate them to the beneficiaries, Jagan said adding that the layouts would be innovative and beautiful.

He directed the collectors to focus on underground drainage system along with other issues and develop infrastructure in YSR Jagananna colonies. Collectors were told to come up with innovative ideas to beautify the layouts and construct bus bays and bus stops creatively.

He said 17,000 revenue villages are there in the state and another 17,000 of them are being created. Parks, village, ward secretariats, village clinics should also be built in these colonies.

The officials said proposals are being prepared for six-lane beach road from Bhimili to Bhogapuram along the coast and a beautiful bridge will be built across Gostani river as part of the project. Jagan said the bridge would remain as iconic symbol for Visakhapatnam and directed the officials to prepare a comprehensive action plan for the project.

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Andhra Pradesh merge 11 villages to develop Mangalagiri as model town – ET RealEstate

GUNTUR: In line with the promise to develop Mangalagiri as a model town, the state government has merged 11 neighbouring villages into the urban civic body.

The merger of the villages is aimed at the expansion of urban infrastructure to rural areas close to Mangalagiri town and is likely to place growth in areas adjoining Vijayawada on the fast track.

Sources said that the government is also planning to upgrade Mangalagiri into a mega municipal corporation by merging both Mangalagiri and Tadepalle municipal towns. Urban planners and experts have long been batting for the creation of a big city in between Guntur and Vijayawada in order to spread development and finally make Vijayawada and Guntur metro cities in the state.

According to an ordinance issued by the state government, Atmakur, Nowluru, Bethapudi, Yerrabalem, Chinakakani, Nidamarru, Nutakki, Kaza, Peda Vadlapudi, China Vadlapudi and Ramachandrapuram villages would be part of Mangalagiri municipality. All these villages are now part of Mangalagiri mandal. Similarly, Krishnayapalem, Neerukonda, Kuragallu villages would be part of Amaravati Metro Region Development Authority (AMRDA).

The merger of 11 villages would take the total population of Mangalagiri town to nearly 3.2 lakh. Sources said that the municipal authorities would initiate the process of delimitation of municipal wards very shortly taking the merger of villages into consideration. The existing 32 municipal wards would go up to 45 in the new design.
Andhra Pradesh merge 11 villages to develop Mangalagiri as model townThe state government had merged 10 villages in Tadepalli municipality, which would also become a big town on the banks of the Krishna. According to the ordinance issued by the government, Vaddeswaram, Praturu, Penumaka, Ippatam, Mellempudi, Chirravuru, Gundimeda, Undavalli, Kunchanapalle and Kolanukonda villages would now be part of Tadepalli municipality.

“The merger of villages into fast growing towns is aimed at spreading equal development to all sides of the town. This would give the middle-class, the poor and migrant workers settling in the outskirts access to better urban infrastructure including roads, drinking water, sanitation, drainage, street lighting,” said Mangalagiri legislator Alla Ramakrishna Reddy.

The legislator said the government is taking up development in Mangalagiri and Tadepalle towns in a systematic manner and is committed to the development of all areas, adding that chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has a vision for development of all areas.

Interestingly, the state government had merged nine village panchayats under Bapatla municipality through an ordinance. The move comes ahead of Bapatla becoming the district headquarters after the bifurcation of the districts. According to the ordinance, Kondrubhotlapalem, Asodivaripalem, Maruproluvaripalem, Maddiboyinavaripalem, Muttayapalem, Chintavaripalem, Machavaripalem, Valluvaripalem and Suryalanka would be part of Bapatla town.

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Outskirts of Visakhapatnam turn into hub of housing projects – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: In the hope that Vizag will get the best infrastructure once it becomes the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh, the city seems to be growing. Realtors are now busy building affordable housing on the city outskirts and are expecting to attract the middle-income segment there.

Flats in Vizag city are becoming costlier by the day and are no more within reach of the middle-income group. Builders are looking for new locations on the city outskirts for new housing projects. Most new affordable housing projects are coming up at Anandapuram, Bheemili, Tagarapuvalasa, Bhogapuram in Vizianagaram and Kurmanapalem.

CREDAI-Vizag president, B Srinivasa Rao, said that a majority of builders believe that Vizag will get more flyovers, metro rail connectivity and other transit systems that will significantly reduce travel time between Tagarapuvalasa and Vizag.

Builders further believe that prices on the outskirts will be within reach of middle-income group. Over 10,000 units are coming up on the city outskirts and response from buyers has been encouraging, added Srinivasa Rao.

Prices of 900–1,000 square feet flats in these new housing projects on the outskirts range between Rs 28–30 lakh. In some projects, prices are a bit higher, but builders have been announcing offers to attract buyers, said K Ramachandra Rao, a builder. CREDAI members said that with Vizag set to become the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh, people from neighbouring districts and even some people from Hyderabad are enquiring about new housing projects in the city.

“In the present circumstances, it is difficult to buy a flat at Madhurawada, Sagarnagar, Yendada as one has to spend over Rs 50-60 lakh. Hence, we have paid advance to book a flat on the outskirts. We expect road connectivity to improve once Vizag gets capital status,” said K Siva Kumar, who recently bought a flat.

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