Farmers in Andhra Pradesh Set an Example – Donate Rs. 3.5 Lakhs for Development of New Capital

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Some Andhra Pradesh farmers have come forward to donate a sum of Rs. 3.5 lakh for the development of Amaravati, the new capital city of the state. They presented the amount in the form of a cheque to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday.

Farmers from Thullur village in Andhra Pradesh have set a wonderful example by showing that each one of us can contribute towards the development of the country in our own way.

On Saturday, they met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, and presented him with a sum of Rs. 3,52,675 to be used for the development of the new state capital of Amaravati.


Picture for Representation. Credit: Sarath Kuchi/Flickr

After the separation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh last year, Hyderabad was designated as the shared capital of both the states till the year 2024. After that, the ancient town of Amaravati, located on the banks of the Krishna river, will become the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier this year, the CM had pledged that Amaravati will be “the world’s best city.” Singapore has created the master plan of the city free of cost. The CM has also appealed to people from every section of society to come forward to help in the development of the capital.

AP is experimenting with the voluntary land pooling system, under which landowners voluntarily sign over ownership rights of a piece of land to a government body or agency. That land is then developed by building roads, laying sewage lines, electricity connections, etc. After this, a smaller portion of the developed land is given back to the owner. But since the site has more facilities now, its price rises to be equal to the market value of the owner’s original land area. Those who own fertile land get an annual compensation of Rs. 50,000 for ten years and a slightly larger portion of land. These farmers donated the rent they received from the government.

“Creating a land bank of 33,000 acres through land pooling is a first time in the history, which could not have happened without the support of farmers and people,” said Naidu.

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