Visakhapatnam development body readies draft master plan for 2041 – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) has completed the preparation of its draft master plan-2041 and draft perspective plan-2051.

According to the VMRDA officials, these plans would be on display on the VMRDA website and at the offices of VMRDA, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, Vizianagaram municipality and other key offices falling under the limits of the VMRDA for the next one month to receive objections and suggestions from the public.

Any person, residing in the VMRDA development area, can send their opinions to the e-mail address or in person/by post to the Metropolitan Commissioner, VMRDA on or before July 15.

The master plan outlines a development vision of the VMRDA and its planning framework for the future, including housing strategies, conservation zones, industrial development plans, transportation plan, public amenities, and the like.

VMRDA metropolitan commissioner P Koteswara Rao said that the public can submit their objections and suggestions on the draft master plan and draft perspective plan on or before July 15. “The draft plans would be in the public domain for a month. The map depicting various land uses may be inspected at the VMRDA office and others,” said Koteswara Rao.

Koteswara Rao added that all the inputs received from the public during this one month would be referred to an expert committee to check their validity and incorporate the worthwhile in the final master plan.

A private agency has been entrusted with the responsibility of master plan and zonal development plans for VMRDA-2041 . The master plan works were commenced in August 2016, which were originally scheduled to be concluded in two years, August 2018.
Visakhapatnam development body readies draft master plan for 2041According to the VMRDA officials, they procured latest satellite imagery instead of 2012-based imageries as per the then Vuda Board directions, which delayed the master plan process. Later, the Covid-19 has also affected the process.

After the state government notified its ‘development area’ in 2018, the VMRDA has also embarked on the preparation of a ‘Perspective Plan’ apart from its then ongoing exercise for the master plan.

While the master plan acts as a sectoral plan covering zoning, industrial development plans, etc., the perspective plan is a strategic plan providing sector-wise goals, policies, strategies, etc. in line with the government policies for the spacio-economic development of the region.

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Visakhapatnam development body’s area now 7,300 sq km after addition of 13 mandals – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The state government has brought 13 more mandals, spanning about 2,280 square kilometres, into the jurisdiction of Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development (VMRDA). As per an official order released on Tuesday, this has increased the area under VMRDA jurisdiction to 7,328 square kilometres.

VMRDA officials had earlier sent proposals to the state government to include these 13 mandals in the VMRDA in October 2019. In their letter to the state government, the VMRDA officials informed that due to rapid urbanisation of Visakhapatnam city, a significant urban sprawl has been detected in the fringe areas of existing VMRDA limits towards the western corridor.

“In order to reduce pressure on the urban infrastructure of the city, to ensure planned development in the fringe areas and to control the haphazard development, the said 13 mandals may be brought in to the jurisdiction of VMRDA.,” read the letter from the VMRDA to the state government.

Interestingly, the VMRDA development area will be called as the executive capital as per the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020.

With this inclusion, other than the Integrated Tribal Development Agency area, which comprises of 11 tribal mandals, remaining parts of Visakhapatnam district have become a part of VMRDA following the merger.

Visakhapatnam district consists of 43 mandals and 19 mandals are already part of VMRDA. The 13 new mandals which have come under VMRDA on Tuesday include Madugula, Ravikamatham, Butchayyapeta, Chodavaram, Devarapalli, K Kotapadu, Nathavaram, Kotauratla, Makavarapalem, Narsipatnam, Golugonda, Cheedikada and Rolugunta.

These mandals are contiguous in nature and have a potential to develop as urban areas. They have witnessed decadal percentage growth of urban population from 4.10% to 8.02% in the last one decade —2001-2011. Speaking to TOI, VMRDA commissioner P Koteswara Rao said that these 13 mandals would also be included in the ongoing preparation of VMRDA master plan-2041. “We will improve basic infrastructure in these mandals at par with other VMRDA areas,” Koteswara Rao said.

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Eye on suburbs as Visakhapatnam development body mulls new layouts – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) is planning to develop a few new layouts in the suburbs. The urban development authority is exploring options to develop these layouts either on its own or in a PPP (public-private partnership) model. The VMRDA has land parcels on all four sides of the city.

The joint venture ‘Fortune Hills’ in Dakamarri was the last layout developed up by the VMRDA back in 2016. Despite selling the HIG (high-income group) and MIG (middle-income group) plots at a premium price, the auction of LIG (low-income group) plots in this layout is still pending due to technical and policy reasons.

While the VMRDA did auction a few land parcels in 2019, they were not in a single layout. These land bits, scattered in various parts of Vizag city and suburbs, received overwhelming response.

For instance, a plot located at MVP Colony in the city, measuring 387 square yards, received the highest bid of Rs 1,08,700 per square yard against the upset price of Rs 56,400 fixed by the VMRDA. Similarly, setting a new record of Rs 95,960 per square yard in the Madhurawada area, a 230 square yard land parcel fetched a record Rs 2 crore to the VMRDA.

According to observers, the litigation-free nature, clear titles and leaving sufficient space for social infrastructure development make the VMRDA layouts a lucrative choice for the buyers.

Speaking to TOI, VMRDA metropolitan commissioner P Koteswara Rao said that urban development authority is looking for ways to mop up its revenue. “In this process, we want to develop a few layouts. We are in the process of identifying suitable land pockets for this purpose. Covid-19 has impacted the revenue of the urban development authority,” said Koteswara Rao.

Vizag city has witnessed a lot of attention on the realty front in the last one year, thanks to the government’s plan of making it the executive capital. There has been a clear surge in land prices by about 20–30%. This phenomenon is particularly evident on the northern side of Vizag city which has high odds of becoming the seat of power.

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