Visuals showed that a part of the roof had even collapsed and fallen on the floor, as water continued to drip from the ceiling.

Roof leaks yet again at Andhras Velagapudi secretariat as rain lashes Amaravati
news Controversy Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 08:59

Andhra Pradesh's temporary Secretariat at Velagapudi was in the news yet again for its leaky roofs, as water entered the office of the peshi of state HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. 

Heavy rain lashing the capital area for the past few days also resulted in some water entering the peshi's office of YSRCP leader Amarnath Reddy in the temporary Assembly building.

Visuals showed that a part of the roof had even collapsed and fallen on the floor, as water continued to drip from the ceiling.

The YSRCP was quick to jump on the issue, with party leader Vellampalli Srinivas telling reporters, "That is not the Secretariat but should be called 'Leak Bhavan'. It seems we have a temporary Secretariat, a temporary Assembly and a temporary Chief Minister. He has cheated us by claiming that he is using technology from Japan and Singapore."

"Employees and even Ministers are scared of visiting the Secretariat. If there is 3 cm of rainfall outside, 6 cm of water is seeping into the building. This is CM Chandrababu Naidu's technology after he has so many years of experience in politics. Till now, even one permanent building has not come up in Amaravati and several crore rupees are being spent on temporary buildings itself," he added.

The leakage on Monday is the latest in a long line of similar incidents that took place in the building. 

In May this year, the office of the Leader of Opposition, YS Jaganmohan Reddy began leaking, prompting the housekeeping staff of the Secretariat to mop up the water.

A similar incident that occurred in June last year, had turned into a full-blown controversy with the Andhra Pradesh government even initiating a CID probe.

At the time, armed with photographs, Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao claimed that there was a conspiracy and alleged that some 'miscreants' had cut open the pipes on the roof of the building, which led to water leaking straight into Jagan's office.

The Speaker visited the premises and escorted the media to the roof, where he pointed out that there were two larger pipes that carried cold air and hot air as part of the air conditioning system, and two smaller pipes that were 'communication lines' to control the temperature.

Speaking to reporters after the leak in May this year, Mangalagiri MLA A Ramakrishna Reddy from the YSRCP, accused the TDP government of failing to reveal the findings of the CID report. 

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