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The News Minute | January 20, 2015 | 9:10 am IST The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to increase the extent of land to be pooled in the 24 villages of Guntur district for constructing the new capital by 7,000 acres. This decision was taken after the revenue department conducted a survey of the proposed capital region and found that the actual extent of land owned by farmers in the 24 villages of the three mandals was a little over 37,000 acres. The TDP government, in addition to the land to be acquired from farmers, has nearly 20,000 acres of government land. Adding everything up would amount somewhere close to 58,000 acres.  However, the scenario on the ground level is quite different with the officials only managing to acquire about 5,000 acres, due to various groups of farmers protesting the land pooling - something that opposition parties are trying to bank on to gather some support for their respective political outfits. Though the Naidu government is strong and has the support of the majority of the people, the land pooling scheme is witnessing quite some protest as some farmers are reluctant to give their land for the new capital. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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