scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Jagan Mohan Reddy orders demolition of Rs 5 crore hall built by Chandrababu Naidu

Built by the AP Capital Region Development Authority on the Krishna riverbed near Chandrababu's residence, the 'Praja Vedika' was used by the TDP supremo to meet the public and hold press conferences.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 24, 2019 9:46:25 pm
Jagan takes charge as Andhra CM, his 25 Cabinet ministers sworn in Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday ordered the demolition of a government building built during Naidu’s tenure. (File)

Newly elected Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday ordered the demolition of a government building built during the tenure of Chandrababu Naidu allegedly at a cost of Rs 5 crore, saying it was constructed in “violation” of rules and “involved corruption”.

Built by the AP Capital Region Development Authority on the Krishna riverbed near Chandrababu’s residence, the ‘Praja Vedika’ was used by the TDP supremo to meet the public and hold press conferences.

Interestingly, the announcement was made by the YSR Congress chief at a conference of District Collectors and Superintendents of Police held in the same building.

“We have all assembled here, in this big, gigantic hall. Is this building a legally valid building? In this, there are no rules. It is built in violation of rules, against the law and built with corruption,” PTI quoted Reddy as saying.

Jagan’s order comes weeks after Naidu wrote to him, seeking to declare the hall as ‘residence annexe’ of the Leader of Opposition.

Jagan, who won by a landslide in the recently-concluded Assembly elections in the state, said the ongoing meeting would be the last event to be held in the building and the demolition would begin from Wednesday.

“I am giving instructions, orders from the same hall this will be the last meeting here in this hall. After completion of SPs meeting tomorrow, the first demolition will begin here. Lets live by an example. Lets start off here,” he said.

The YSR Congress leader further said while tenders were invited for an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore, the cost was escalated to Rs 8.90 crore during execution.

Indicating that all rules were bypassed in constructing the building, the Andhra chief minister cited a letter written by the Irrigation Krishna Central Division Executive Engineer that said it was not possible to issue clearance for it.

“River Conservation Act was overruled, Lokayukta recommendations were overruled. Environment Protection Act, River Conservation Act, National Green Tribunal orders, Master Plan and building by-laws…government itself threw them to the winds,” Jagan said.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
x