Sri Nara Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for an Interim Government Complex at Velagapudi village with a built-up area of six lakh sq ft spanning a 28-acre area. The Complex will be built by construction majors L&T and Shapoorji Pallonji. Another 17 acres in Velagapudi village has been earmarked for creating public facilities around the temporary secretariat.
At the auspicious muhurtam of 8.23 AM, on Wednesday, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone and performed bhoomi pujan amidst chanting of Vedic hymns.
Work on the complex will be completed by 15th of June this year to ensure all important government offices be shifted from Hyderabad to the Amaravati Capital region.
The state government wants to shift at least major departments (that directly deal with public) to Amaravati region by the end of June this year.
While Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and his Cabinet colleagues have been functioning from the temporary offices in Vijayawada city, various other departments continue to work from Hyderabad, the common capital.
“A lot of costs are involved in this, not just for the government but also for the citizens. People from far off places like Srikakulam and Anantapuramu are still forced to go to Hyderabad for getting works done. Also, with the scattered set up now, the decision making and implementation are also affected,” a top official of CRDA pointed out.
The ceremony was attended by Legislative Council Chairman A Chakrapani, Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao, Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa, a host of ministers, bureaucrats, leaders of government employees associations and the local farmers who contributed land for the capital’s construction.
He spoke about the new capital, saying, “We did not wish to construct a new capital, but at the time of bifurcation, the new capital was burdened on Andhra people.”
He said that he took this as an opportunity to show the Andhra’s ability to establish a world-class capital. Mr Naidu said that there were only two castes in society, the poor and wealthy, and he was working for the poor.
Naidu described it as a new beginning and the first step in development new capital Amaravati.
The chief minister said farmers had come forward to offer 33,000 acres land under land pooling for construction of the capital.