Just months before the end of his term, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for a permanent Secretariat in Amaravati, the state's capital, on Thursday morning.
A puja was conducted, and the foundation stone was laid. The permanent Secretariat will comprise five blocks, which will be 225 meters and spread across 41 acres (69.8 lakh sqft), and will be built at a cost of Rs 4,890 crore. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) and the Amaravati Development Corporation (ADC) will be overseeing the work.
Calling it a historic moment for Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said â€śThe world is looking at our capital. It will be crown for the world in the coming future.â€ť
â€śWith a height of 225 meters, four towers will have 40 floors and one will have 50 floors. 145 departments will function from these blocks. The raft foundation being used is an advanced technology, and is being used for the first time in India,â€ť he said.
In December last year, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet finalised the tower design for the upcoming Assembly building in its capital Amaravati and zeroed in on two designs created by architecture firm Foster + Partners.
Naidu stated that the government and its people have worked together for the construction of the stateâ€™s capital the capitalâ€™s construction and said, â€śTo say that for any program to materialise, it requires the cooperation of the people and the cooperation and governments' foresight. The construction of the capital itself is an exampleâ€ť.
According to the government, 56 lakh sqft will be constructed, and 13 lakh sq feet place has been earmarked for parking. According to reports, work on the foundation will be completed in the next 72 hours.
After laying the foundation stone for the Secretariat, he also laid foundation stone for the overdue steel plant project in Kambaladinne, situated in Kadapa district. The project has been estimated to cost Rs 20000 crore, and will be constructed on 3000 acres.
House before laying the foundation stone for the steel plant, Naidu said that the day was a day of pride for Telugu people as two crucial projects were beginning.