Andhra Pradesh government decided to implement
Land Pooling Schemes (LPS) initially at the Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR) and later extend it to other urban development authorities in the state.
The municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department, which recently cleared the HMR master plan, has made provision for LPS in it.
This may be the first step of the LPS that the Andhra Pradesh government proposes to implement across the state in order to bring about planned and systematic development.
Under LPS, individual owners or farmers come together to develop the land to an extent of 100 acre or more with the clearance of HMDA and provide basic amenities like road, street lighting, drinking water, etc.
While the land owners will lose part of their undeveloped land, they will gain eventually owing to the appreciation of the value of the developed land.
States like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Haryana are successfully implementing LPS schemes. A few months ago, the Punjab government became the latest to join the bandwagon by taking up LPS in the Amritsar, Ludhiana and Batinda regions with each project having a layout of at least 100 acre.
The land pooling schemes may be undertaken either by public authority or licensed private developer provided the minimum size of the layout should be 20 hectare (around 50 acre), according to the provisions of the master plan.