These include a 321-acre land pocket in Ramavaram village of Anandapuram mandal and 560 acres in Mudapaka of Pendurthi mandal.
The pooled land will be allocated to housing projects under the ‘Housing for All by 2022’ mission. VMRDA will shoulder the responsibility of land pooling and development of these lands for which it will get a 25% developed land to meet the expenses incurred in the process.
The government has sanctioned about 54,000 housing units, in four phases, under affordable housing in partnership category. Identifying suitable land pockets has become the biggest challenge for officials due to unavailability of big land parcels in and around Vizag city. With ruling party leaders putting pressure on the government to complete the housing project fearing negative reaction from people in the 2019 polls, the government has now fast-tracked the land pooling part.
In August 2017, it authorised VMRDA to undertake the land pooling exercise in about 900 acres at tri-junction near Lankelapalem and a 150-acre land in Kommadi and Paradesipalem combined.
Later, in October, the government accorded its approval to pool about 80 acres in Dabbanda of Anandapuram mandal.
In Dec, the VMRDA was asked to pool about 222 acres land in Kothavalasa village of Bheemunipatnam mandal and Sowbhagyarayapuram village in Pendurthi mandal. And on Friday, the government issued orders to pool 800 acres more in the district.