The Andhra Pradesh Government will start full-fledged operations from the temporary secretariat at Velagapudi in new capital Amaravati from October 3. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is functioning from a temporary office in Vijayawada will move on Dussehra (October 11) to his new chambers in block 1 of the new secretariat. The temporary secretariat was opened in the last week of June as per the deadline set by the CM for the government to move from Hyderabad but, except for a few offices and officials, all the offices could not move to the new secretariat building as work was incomplete, although they moved to temporary offices at Vijayawada. The heavy rains also caused lot of inconvenience as vehicles got stuck in the mud on the way to the Velagapudi, 31 kms from Vijayawada. Due to the monsoon and the incomplete works the relocation to the temporary secretariat was postponed till September end.
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Parkala Prabhakar, Advisor to the CM, said that by October 3, the first block would be completely ready while small pending works may remain in two other blocks, but they are ready for functioning. “All the offices in blocks one to three will shift and start working from the secretariat from October 3. They will move from their temporary offices in Vijayawada as well as those that are still functioning from Hyderabad,’’ Prabhakar said.
Almost all the ministers had inaugurated their chambers in June but could not function from there due to lack of facilities and pending works, and the respective departments also could not move from Vijayawada or Hyderabad for the same reasons. At Velagapudi work is going on at a very frantic pace and hundreds of workers are giving final touches to three of six blocks that are to be made ready by this month end. Of the six blocks at Velagapudi, block one is for the CM and his offices, one is for Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, and the remaining four are for the other departments.
Officials said that a central Command and Control Centre is also being set up in the first block as the CM wants to keep tabs by live monitoring of various activities of the government across the state. Chief Secretary S P Tucker issued a circular to all the department heads, secretaries and officials that as transitional headquarters also known as the Interim Complex is ready for occupation, it has been decided by the government to commence work from there from October 3.
“All departments of the Secretariat are requested to issue necessary instructions with a direction to the employees that they should report to their respective departments at Velagapudi in the forenoon of October 3,” the CS said in an internal communication to all Special Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries.