The Communist Party of India (Marxist) Grand Visakha City Committee described the Master Plan – 2041 of the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Area Development Authority (VMRDA) as a “real estate plan” that aims to convert agricultural land. in non-agricultural land in for the benefit of developers. The party further alleged that the master plan would wrest the dreams of the middle and lower classes of ever owning a home.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, municipal committee secretary B. Ganga Rao and municipal secretariat member RKSV Kumar claimed that the proposed master plan would result in estate agents pressuring farmers to sell their land. farmland at nominal rates and convert it into real property. real estate companies. Farmers would be deprived of their land and migrate to the city to work as migrant workers, they said.
The municipal committee of CPI (M) opposed the master plan of VMRDA – 2041 and requested that a new project reflecting the realities on the ground be prepared with decentralization as a focal point. The draft was translated into Telugu only four days ago and the 45-day deadline for “objections” and “suggestions” was too short.
They alleged that the state government reduced the process of inviting suggestions and objections to a ritual by deliberately avoiding lengthy discussions about the master plan, as its main purpose was to make a profit.
They said there were 35 agricultural mandals under VMRDA and 41% of the people in those mandals were laborers. The farmland of these mandals would be converted into farms, golf courses, racetracks and amusement parks. The lands are said to be in the possession of a few individuals. Farmers, who would lose their land, would migrate to the city in search of work, and the city’s population would increase further.
The project states that the proposal was to provide basic infrastructure at a cost of Rs.1.40 lakh crore. It is nothing more than a juggling of numbers to deceive the people. They said the BRTS roads, occupied 12 years ago, and the plan to bring 400 MGD of water from Godavari to the city, remain unfinished.
Other objections to the draft master plan include: farmland passing into the hands of investors in the name of establishing industries. APIIC already owns 40% of the vacant land, the project ignores CRZ standards and zoning regulations have been relaxed to allow commercial establishments in residential areas and this could lead to pollution.