Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh government announces land pooling policy for new capital at Vijaywada

Andhra Pradesh government has announced land pooling policy to build new state capital located close to Vijayawada in the Guntur district. It was announced by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

This policy aims to secure about 30,000 acres of land in order to construct a greenfield, riverfront capital city on the southern side of the Krishna river. The masterplan for building up world-class capital city will be prepared by Singapore government.

Pooling of land for the capital will begin on 9th December 2014.  In it around 22,405 farmers in 29 villages are ready to part with their lands.

The state government has immediately released a sum of Rs 200 crore to provide debt relief of up to Rs 1.5 lakh to each farmer as a one-time settlement.

Compensation

  • Dry land owning farmers as compensation will be given 1,000 square yards of residential plot and 200 square yards of commercial plot as compensation for every acre. They will be also paid with monetary compensation of Rs 30,000 per annum for ten years, with a 10 per cent hike every year.
  • While the farmers owning wet land will compensated by 1,000 square yards of residential land and 300 square yards of commercial plots in the proposed zone closer to their existing lands. They will be also paid with monetary compensation of Rs 50,000 per annum for ten years, with a 10 per cent hike every year.
  • In case of 12,000 families of agriculture labourers and tenant farmers will be paid Rs 30,000 per annum each. For this purpose Capital Region Social Security Fund will be formed.

Pooling of land will be initiated by first issuing an authorisation letter to land owners on the first day. In the next nine months, they will get Land Pooling Ownership Certificate. In next three years developed land will be provided to farmers with necessary infrastructure.

North east monsoon gets active over South India

The northeast monsoon is active over south India, according to the IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) which has forecast rain or thundershowers in the region.

The northeast monsoon is expected to be vigorous over Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and southern interior of Karnataka, and active over Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Most places in Rayalaseema, Karnataka and Lakshadweep, and many places in coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are already experiencing rainfall.

About Northeast Monsoon

The period between October to December in peninsular India is referred to as the northeast monsoon season. The northeast monsoon used to be called ‘post-monsoon season’ or ‘retreating southwest monsoon season’.

The northeast monsoon is a major period of rainfall activity over the southern peninsula, especially coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and the Tamilnadu-Pondicherry region. For Tamilnadu, this is the main rainy season accounting for about 48% of the annual rainfall.

Generally, northeast monsoon rains occur in spells of about 3 to 4 days duration. Spells exceeding 4 days occur less often and there are long spells of dry weather with little or no rain. Rainfall is concentrated in the afternoon, evening or early part of the night, except when a depression is formed nearby.

Restoration works continues in Andhra Pradesh, Centre gives Rs. 1000 Crore

Relief and rehabilitation efforts were taking place to the fullest extent in Andhra Pradesh, as the state tries to get back to normal. Meanwhile, PM Modi announced interim relief of Rs. 1,000 cr for Andhra Pradesh.

PM Visit

PM Modi arrived in Visakhapatnam and conducted an aerial survey of cyclone hit regions. He reviewed the scale of destruction and the ongoing rescue and relief operations. The PM also held a review meeting with the CM of Andhra, state leaders and other officials. Post meeting, the PM made the following announcements:-

  • Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh for the family members of the deceased
  • Interim relief of Rs. 1,000 cr for Andhra (AP CM has requested for 2,000 cr)
  • Formation of teams by the Centre, which will visit cyclone hit areas and submit reports on damage incurred by each sector. Then, allotment of funds will be done on the basis of these reports.

 Extent of destruction/loss

  • Visakhapatnam Port Trust has incurred losses worth Rs. 200 cr. Also, it will take at least a week to restore flights activities.
  • Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited alone has incurred a loss of Rs. 40,000 crore, including damage to substations, high-tension transmission lines, poles and disruption in distribution network.
  • 16,000 electric poles and 6,000 transformers have been damaged
  • Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited has incurred a loss of Rs. 1,000 cr
  • Indian Navy has incurred a loss of Rs. 2,000 cr
  • Andhra University has incurred a loss of Rs. 300 cr
  • Visakhapatnam airport has incurred a loss of Rs. 500 cr
  • Road networks have suffered a loss of Rs. 800 cr
  • Over 6,836 houses have been damaged, and 181 boats are either damaged or missing

Relief work by Andhra government

The state government has been taking the following measures to bring life back to normalcy in the state:-

  • Importance is being given to first removing the uprooted trees and clearing the debris
  • Restoration of communication lines is also being taken up by cell phone companies
  • Electric poles and transformers are being repaired, so that power may return to all the badly hit areas
  • Packages of food items are being provided in all cyclone hit areas. This food package comprises of rice, kerosene, sugar, dal, potato, onion, palm oil and chilly powder, among others. Also, vegetables are also being supplied at very low rates so that people don’t struggle to get essential commodities

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