The Praja Vedika was built by the then Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in 2017 and served as an extension to Naidu's residence by the banks of the river Krishna.

Months after demolition Jagan govt to auction furniture of Praja Vedika in Amaravati
news Controversy Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:15

The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in Andhra Pradesh's Amaravati has decided to auction the furniture from Praja Vedika (people's grievance cell), which was being used by former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, close to eight months after it was demolished.

The Praja Vedika was built by the then Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in 2017 at a cost of Rs 5 crore and served as an extension to Naidu's residence by the banks of the river Krishna. It was mainly used to hold meetings, but was demolished within a month after Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSRCP seized power in the state.

Jagan had ordered for the demolition, stating that the building was built in violation of laws and rules. However, it was only the structure which was demolished, after all the furniture was shifted out.

According to reports, the CRDA has now said that it will accept applications and bids for the furniture till March 3, following which an auction will be held on March 4.

The demolition, which took place in June last year, saw Jagan hold a two-day meeting of district collectors and senior police officials at the same venue. It was during this meeting that Jagan had announced his decision to demolish the building, which was situated in Undavalli village.

Jagan said that the building violated the state's River Conservation Act, under which, no construction activity can take place within 500 meters of the Krishna river. 

Within days, several workers moved out furniture like chairs, tables, air conditioners, computers and other items, before JCB machines began the demolition.

At the time, many had also speculated if Naidu's residence which was owned by Lingamaneni Ramesh, a business tycoon with close ties to the TDP chief, would also be demolished.

In September last year, the state government had issued notices to Lingamaneni to remove 'all unauthorised constructions' failing which demolition would be carried out. However, he moved court and managed to get a stay.

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