About 33% area under Visakhapatnam development body to be urbanised by 2041 – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) draft master plan-2041 has proposed 1,627 square kilometre area or approximately 33% of the VMRDA area for urban development.

The population is projected to increase to 6.72 million by 2041.

The state government has recently brought 13 more mandals in Visakhapatnam district and Merakamudidam Mandal in Vizianagaram into VMRDA limits, increasing the extent to 7,328 square kilometres. However, the master plan is yet to be prepared for the recently merged mandals, spanning about 2,455 square kilometres.

The existing land use in the core urban areas will undergo urban regeneration and transformation, whereas the peripheral areas of growth are delineated based on demand and future projections for the horizon year 2041. The total developed area as of 2019 in the VMRDA is 963 sq. km, which is around 15% of the total area of the VMR.

Considering the environmentally sensitive areas, optimum population density, protection of agricultural land, physiological features, transit corridors and growth trends, the new growth areas have been judiciously delineated, which may add a new growth area of 980 sq.km to the existing development. So that the total proposed developed areas in VMR would become approximately 33% of total area of the VMR.

Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram are proposed as the major growth centres where adequate land has been allocated for the urban activities as per the projected population and employment.
About 33% area under Visakhapatnam development body to be urbanised by 2041The master plan envisages locating the majority of large industries south of dolphin hills in the existing industrial zone. The cleaner and resource-based white industries can be distributed in other parts of the region. As a whole, 177 square kilometres industrial areas are proposed to be developed in the plan. In principle, white industries are proposed in Vizianagaram.

The smaller pockets proposed under industrial use at Kothavalasa and Yelamachili will house MSME industries to create employment at the local level. Kothavalasa falls in the expansion zone of Visakhapatnam, owing to its proximity to Vizag and sources. Only the cleaner MSME industries will be located in these industrial nodes. An industrial pocket of 10 square kilometre is proposed in the north of Kothavalasa town.

As per the master plan, mixed use is more advantageous as the area can be developed for multiple compatible purposes with economic importance. The master plan envisages approximately 77 sq. km of mixed-use development, which is approximately 1.2% area of the VMR and approximately 4% of the developed areas in VMR.

In Vizianagaram, an inner ring road is proposed in the master plan. The inner ring will help decongest the core and improve access in current perimeter of the city core.



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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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Villa ventures emerge as Visakhapatnam’s new realty trend – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: More and more people looking to buy villas in Vizag is emerging as a new trend in the Port City’s realty market. Despite the pandemic, the ‘villa culture’ is picking up. At least 10 to 15 villa ventures are expected to come up in the city soon.

Credai-AP president B Raja Srinivas said that the demand for villas has gone up among the rich since Visakhapatnam was touted to become the executive capital of Andhra Pradesh. “Location is buyers’ top priority,” says Srinivas adding “people look for gated communities with playgrounds, parks and other amenities”.

The first villas came up in Vizag back in 2000 when row houses were constructed near Madhurawada. Later, villas were built in Gajuwaka, PM Palem, Madhurawada, Kapuluppada and Bheemili, where land prices were relatively low.

Finding enough land for villas remains a challenge, says Srinivas. “Some villa ventures are coming up on the northern outskirts of the city, we expect the villa culture to spread,” he said.

For buyers, the quality of construction and the promoters’ reputation are also important considerations, according to Rinku, a businessman from Odisha who is looking to purchase a villa in the city. “We have zeroed in on a couple of ventures and may take a decision soon,” Rinku said.

People who were initially looking to buy house sites are now considering villas, say realtors. The base price of a villa is around Rs 2.5 crore. A 200–300 square yard villa in Madhurawada costs between Rs 3–10 crore depending on facilities.

Only 6–8% of city residents can afford to buy villas or ‘super-luxury’ flats, according to Credai members. The demand for villas is from NRIs and people from other districts or states. While there is yet to be a ‘villa boom’ in Vizag like in Hyderabad, demand for villas is certainly rising in the city.



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Andhra Pradesh CM tells officials to involve farmers in land survey – ET RealEstate

VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday told the officials to involve farmers in the comprehensive land survey being conducted in the state.

Holding a review meeting with the officials at his Tadepalli camp office, the chief minister wanted the senior officials to review the progress of the survey on weekly-basis. He wanted the officials to ensure the presence of the farmers or the owners of the lands when the survey is done. He also directed them to take up jungle clearance to help the farmers and finally install the survey stones, fixing boundaries.

The chief minister also cautioned the officials against resorting to any sort of corruption in the entire process of survey and issuance of the YSR Jagananna Saswatha Bhoomi Hakku-Bhoomi Rakshana card to the farmers.

He said there should be no delay in the supply of stones as the land survey will be completed soon and added that no money should be collected from farmers for setting up boundary stones. He said one hoarding should be placed in every village and ward secretariat with details of government schemes and programmes and permanent hoardings be set up in important junctions.

The chief minister directed the officials to open sub-registrar offices at the village and ward secretariats, where the land transactions are to be done henceforth.

The officials informed the chief minister that SOP (Standard Ownership Policy) has been prepared for comprehensive land survey of 17,460 villages and 47,861 habitations in an area of 1.26 lakh km across the state. They said the survey is being conducted in 13 villages, per village in each district, and then in 51 villages, with one village in each division, and 650 villages with one village in each mandal in the first phase.

They said collection of comprehensive information in 51 villages was completed and the survey would be completed by July. The survey using drones is completed in 545 villages out of 650 villages. They further said that they have collected 2,693 images of agricultural lands and habitations and the survey will be completed by January 2022.

The officials told the chief minister that said the second phase of the comprehensive land survey will start in February 2022 and will be completed by October 2022. The third phase will start in November 2022 and will be completed by April 2023, the officials added.



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