Land to be acquired for Hyderabad metropolitan region development

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To curb unauthorised layouts and ensure a planned growth of the metropolitan region, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has proposed implementing a land pooling scheme.

“Draft rules for the land pooling scheme have been sent to the municipal administration department for approval,” said Metropolitan Commissioner T Chiranjeevulu. “Landowners stand to gain as there will be no expenditure towards layout development fee or other facilities,” he further added.

Under the proposed scheme, individual landowners will voluntarily give at least 50 acres (20 hectares) to the authority, which will develop the area by setting up amenities such as roads, drains, and other infrastructure. In return, the landowners will get developed plots -each individual is expected to get up to 97,200 sq m for each acre of land contributed to the scheme while the HMDA will earn revenue from its land share that will be utilised for all its projects.

“There is a provision in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority Act for a land pooling scheme. The draft rules have been prepared according to sections 28 and 29 of the Act,” said Rajesham, member estates, HMDA. As per the draft rules, HMDA will select locations for LPS and a state-appointed committee will look into the viability of each proposal. Officials said Kandi village in Sangareddy district near IIT Hyderabad is among the locations selected for the scheme.