"Ministers are functioning from Vijayawada while the officers are working from Hyderabad," said one minister.

Andhra Pradesh hopes temporary Secretariat will be ready by mid-JuneFile photo: Facebook/Andhra Pradesh CM
news Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 07:17

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will lay the foundation stone of the state's temporary Secretariat near Vijayawada on February 17, the construction of which is to be completed in four months.

The Interim Government Complex (a temporary Secretariat) will come up at Velagapudi village in Guntur district, Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana said after a Cabinet meeting.

Two construction majors agreed to complete six lakh sq ft of building space by June 15 following which the government agreed to increase the cost to Rs 3,350 per sq ft from Rs 3,000 set earlier, he said.

"The firms have to engage workers round-the-clock to complete the buildings by June 15 and that involves higher costs. Hence, the Cabinet approved the enhanced rate to be paid to the contractors," the minister said.

"The state administration right now is in disarray. The Chief Minister and we (Ministers) are functioning from Vijayawada while the officers and staff are working from Hyderabad. There is no coordination," Narayana said.

The state would lose another year if the buildings were not completed by June 15 and government activity shifted to the new Capital region, he added.

Earlier, the government released an order stating that the complex would come up at Velagapudi village in Guntur district over 45 acres.

The government initially planned to raise the buildings for the temporary Secretariat on 20 acres, but decided to increase the extent of the complex to 45.129 acres to suit its requirements, the Government Order (GO) said.

In the 45.129 acres, the interim government complex would be located in 27.082 acres and 18.047 acres left for public facilities.

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