3 years on, no basic infrastructure in new Andhra Pradesh capital, says Congress leader N Raghuveera Reddy

andhra pradesh, AP capital, AP new capital, amravati, congress, congress party, congress president, raghuveera reddy ” Though the Centre launched funds, the state federal government grossly stopped working in developing even fundamental facilities in the capital,”Pradesh Congress Committee president and former minister N Raghuveera Reddy stated.(PTI)Opposition celebrations in Andhra Pradesh have actually been critical of the TDP-led federal government for cannot develop anything other than the Interim Government Complex (IGC) in the last 3 years in the new capital Amaravati. The IGC contains 5 blocks of the Secretariat and one of the Legislature. However the government has submitted “utilisation certificates” (UCs) to the Centre, which granted Rs 1,500 crore, specifying the money was spent on structure “structures as pointed out”, according to a bureaucrat. The Raj Bhavan and the High Court are yet to be constructed as also the “permanent” Secretariat and the Legislature Complex though 43 months have actually elapsed because AP’s bifurcation. “Though the Centre released funds, the state government grossly failed in establishing even standard infrastructure in the capital,” Pradesh Congress Committee president and previous minister N Raghuveera Reddy said. The Centre approved a sum of Rs 1,500 crore during the monetary years from 2014 to 2017 to Andhra for building the Raj Bhavan, the HC, Secretariat and the Legislature buildings as well as developing “such other important facilities”. Asked on what structures was this cash spent, the AP Capital Region Advancement Authority (APCRDA) Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar stated, “As it was mentioned”.

This indicated the grant was used for building the Raj Bhavan and other structures specified by the Federal government of India (GoI). While launching the first instalment of the grant– “in terms of the relevant arrangement of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014”– the Centre defined that Rs 500 crore was for the Raj Bhavan and the Assembly building. In 2015-16, it launched Rs 350 crore for construction of the brand-new capital city and another Rs 200 crore for development of essential urban facilities, consisting of the Raj Bhavan, the HC, the Secretariat and the legislature complex. Further, Rs 450 crore was launched in 2016-17 “for production of vital city facilities”. When explained that no such structures exist, other than the IGC, Sreedhar said, “They are all structures which are under development. Some are under style stage, some under execution phase, some are completed, some are being developed. We have information.”

Asked how UCs were sent when building and construction of these structures (Raj Bhavan and HC amongst others) has not even began, the Commissioner kept, “You state they are not yet started, I am stating they are already begun. “You are seeing just what’s on the ground. There are a lot of preparatory activities for which we have spent the loan.” Union Minister of State for Finance P Radhakrishnan informed the Rajya Sabha the AP federal government provided “utilisation certificates for an expenditure of Rs 1,583 crore to NITI Aayog”. Radhakrishnan gave a written reply to a questioned raised by YSR Congress member V Vijayasai Reddy last week. In its latest status report on the Amaravati job, the CRDA said it has forwarded in-depth task reports of government structures for disbursement of the GoI grant. “The GoI has already released a quantity of Rs 1,500 crore to the state government and an additional Rs 1,000 crore is expected to be launched,” the status report added.The report

stated Rs 6,705 crore is needed to build the government complex (including the Secretariat, HC and Legislature, to name a few) over the next three years. With the Central grant currently invested on other functions, the AP government is now entrusted to no other option but to obtain heavily from outside sources, officials stated. Andhra Pradesh has time till 2024 to construct its capital prior to the current joint capital, Hyderabad, is transferred to Telangana.


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