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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Land bank digitisation programme launched in Visakhapatnam – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: YSRC Rajya Sabha MP V Vijayasai Reddy launched the ‘automated change detection analysis for land management’ (land bank digitisation) initiative of the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) here at the VMRDA office on Friday.

For the pilot project under the initiative, the VMRDA has identified two land pockets—137 acres in Madhurawada and 91 acres in Paradesipalem in the suburbs of Vizag.

Speaking on this occasion, Vijayasai Reddy said that the VMRDA would extend the initiative to other areas after monitoring the initiative and technology for two months.

Earlier, the urban development authority, which is executing the project, gave a presentation on the technology being used in the initiative and how the software would detect the changes made, if any, to land pockets of the VMRDA. “Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is very keen on safeguarding and protecting all the government lands. The VMRDA has taken up the initiative on similar lines,” said the Rajya Sabha MP.

VMRDA metropolitan commissioner P Koteswara Rao said the software would detect any physical changes made to the lands or any encroachments, and send an SMS and an e-mail to the concerned officials. “This would also help detect unauthorised layouts in the jurisdiction of the VMRDA,” said Koteswara Rao.

VMRDA additional commissioner Manazir Jeelani Salmon and others were present at the meeting.



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Visakhapatnam development body plans to develop four new layouts – ET RealEstate

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority plans to develop four layouts in four corners of the city in 2021, VMRDA vice-chairman and MD Koteswara Rao said on Thursday.

“Despite our revenue dipping by 60% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have planned several projects for 2021. Plots would be allotted through auction in the four layouts. The NAD flyover, Visakha valley road, Boney road, Ramanagar shopping complex, and several other projects worth Rs 380 crore would be completed during the year,” he said. He said the Sea Harrier museum would be completed soon.

Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation commissioner G Srijana said the civic body is expecting a better Swachh ranking and targeting a 5-star or 7-star rating in the garbage-free city rankings in 2021. GVMC was ninth in Swachh Survekshan rankings and got a 3-star rating in garbage-free city category in 2020.

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