Majority of farmers oppose the VGTMUDA proposal

The fate of Oryza County, ambitious project of Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA), is hanging in balance with the State Government asking the authorities to go ahead with project only if the farmers gave their consent.

The VGTMUDA has planned to acquire a total 1800 acres for the Oryza County. Of this, 200 acres are supposed to be acquired in Ramavarappadu and 700 acres in Nunna villages. The major contributor is Mustabada. The farmers of Nunna and Ramvarappadu have opposed the project outright.

Majority of the farmers in Mustabada village are up in arms against the project and are not willing to with part their lands to pave way for the Oryza County in Vedurupavulu (as in revenue records)/ Mustabada (as in panchayat records). The UDA officials have planned to acquire 900 acres in Mustabada. The farmers, however, have come forward and offered 360 acres.

The VGTM UDA conceived the project two years ago, and sought permission from the government, which gave a green signal with rider that farmer consent is must.

The UDA proposes to develop a township on an extent of 1,450 acres on 60:40 sharing basis with the farmers and land owners in Mustabada, Nunna, and Ramavarappadu villages. The UDA's share after development of the land will be around 560 acres.

The project has various features, including housing, a railway freight terminal, a theme park in 100 to 120 acres, an industrial hub for logistics manufacturing units, a permanent exhibition ground, and shifting of some of the government institutions. A 200ft road parallel to National Highway (NH)-5 and upcoming Outer Ring Road (ORR), radial roads with a width of 120 ft to connect the Inner Ring Road, airport were planned. A permanent exhibition ground would also come up at the township in 60 acres.

The Oryza Township would be first of the kind with many features and necessary infrastructure. The UDA proposes roads with a width of 60 to 200 ft to suit the needs of every segment planned at the township.

Keywords: Oryza CountyVGTMUDA

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