There is confusion among the pooled farmers of the capital region to apply for the reconstituted plots in view of the wide choice of options given by the CRDA. (Photo: DC)
Amaravati: The 502 options given to pooled farmers to apply for reconstituted plots are confusing and further delaying the process of submission of applications.
The CRDA had earlier announced May 10 as the last date for the receipt of applications, but due to the poor response, this date has been extended to May 20. The pooled farmers, who are objecting to some norms, are seeking clarification of their doubts before putting in their applications.
The CRDA, worried by the poor response to the notification for reconstituted plots, has been conducting awareness meetings in the villages of the Amaravati capital region.
The awareness meetings on zoning norms of reconstituted plots were held in Tullur, Mandadam, Uddandarayunipalem and other villages where the pooled farmers demanded that the CRDA first show at least one layout as a model in one of the villages in the Amaravati capital region for them to know about plot sizes and areas.
Nearly 21,500 farmers had offered their farmland under the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS) for which the CRDA had to return nearly 12,000 acres of lands as developed residential and commercial plots.
Further, the pooled farmers have also been dissatisfied over the restrictions on the construction of commercial complexes and are demanding allowing all types of businesses in the Amaravati capital region.
Pooled farmers N. Sobhanadri and others said that the C2 commercial zone was allotted to the pooled farmers and they were limited to doing only few businesses, which was totally biased. They lamented that schools and educational institutions were not allowed there besides other businesses too.
They felt that the CRDA was not recognising the sacrifices they had made in giving up their valuable farmland for the sake of the capital’s construction, and now they were up against all these restrictions.
They added that the CRDA ought to allow the running of all types of businesses, including small grocery shops, a weighing centre, bank ATMs, bakery, hostel, wholesale shops and vehicle parking.
The farmers also wanted a change in the setback norms and multiple floors to be allowed in the residential and commercial plots which would enable them to earn some extra income.
Guntur joint collector Ch. Sridhar said that the CRDA prepared zoning norms and a plot allocation system after careful study of the LPS in various cities of India.
He added that the CRDA was letting people know about the allocation of reconstituted plots through a booklet it had released which it was asking the pooled farmers to read carefully and then apply for the reconstituted plots.