AP's proposed Capital to brought under a special Authority governance
Narendra Ch | 22 Dec 2014

The Andhra Pradesh government cme out with its AP Capital Region Development Authority Bill, 2014, proposing to bring out the newly proposed capital region under its purview. The Authority is being entrusted the task of acquiring land from farmers, developing that land with the help of Singapore and Japan based consultants and also bulid up world-best capital city.

Already the government has identified 30,000 acres fertile agriculture land on the shore of river Krishna, spread over 18 villages. The Bill was presented before AP Legislative Assembly on Saturday. Expected to discuss and passed it on Monday. After getting signature of the Governer, the Authority will starts functioning beginig with land pooling.

Introducing the bill, the minister for municipal administration Dr P Narayana said consequent to the bifurcation of the state, there is an absolute need to establish a new capital for Andhra Pradesh and develop the capital region in a planned manner to ensure comprehensive development of the area.

He also said that the bill is prepared keeping in view of 30-years development needs of the newly creating capital. Stating that already the state cabinet had details discussion twice on this bill, he said that revenue and municipal administration departments will be brought under the perview of this bill.

As per the 91-pages bill, the Authority will be chaired by the Chief Minister while the Municipal Administration Minister will be its Vice-Chairman. Besides, Chief Secretary, Secretaries to Government in Municipal Administration, Finance, Transport, Roads & Buildings, Energy or other departments as may be deemed necessary by the government will be its members.

The Commissioner of the Authority will be the Member-Convener. The Authority will also have four experts, national or international, who possess knowledge in urban governance, urban planning, conservation, environment and transport as members. Any other officer or expert, who government thinks necessary, will be a part of Authority as Special Invitee.

The Authority will have an executive committee comprising of Secretaries of different departments of the State Government. The Authority may from time to time appoint committees consisting of such members as it thinks fit and associate with such committee in such manner and for such period as may be prescribed, any person or persons whose assistance or advice it may desire and refer to such committees for inquiry and report any subject relating to the purposed of this Act.

The government has proposed creation of Capital Region Development Fund with a seed capital of Rs 1,000 Crore for providing working capital to the Authority and administering the Act. It also proposed creation of a Rs 250 Crore revolving fund for undertaking development of amenities and infrastructure facilities in the capital area.

The legislation seeks to declare the Capital Area for the state of Andhra Pradesh, ensure planning, coordination, execution, financing, promoting and securing planned development of the capital region, provide, manage and supervise urban services in the new capital area and improve quality of life of citizens residing in it, the minister said, explaining the salient features of the legislation.

The minister said that a perspective plan for 100 years, a concept master plan for 20 years and a detailed master plan for 10 years would be prepared for the capital region. Preparing and implementing land-pooling scheme, town planning scheme, special area development scheme within the jurisdiction of the Authority would be part of the legislation.