Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government is keen on having a permanent establishment in Hyderabad for temporary accomodation of Ministers and top officials when they visit the capital on work.
“We have no issues in handing over to the Telangana government all the buildings allotted to Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad despite the fact that the AP Reorganisation Act clearly states that Hyderabad would continue as common capital for the two States for a period of 10 years.
However, we need a building to accommodate AP Ministers, public representatives, bureaucrats and officials during their visits to Hyderabad and hence, we have put up up our proposal before Governor E S L Narasimhan,” a senior GAD official of Andhra Pradesh government said.
AP has been asking for land allotment in Hyderabad so that it can take up construction of an appropriate building for this purpose on the lines of AP Bhavan in New Delhi.
The Chandrababu Naidu government has shifted lock, stock and barrel its departments and employees to the temporary capital at Velagapudi near Vijawayada citing administrative convenience besides, effective governance. The neighbouring State is maintaining only skeletal staff in the AP blocks of the Secretariat complex in Hyderabad leaving large areas unoccupied.
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is ready with plans to construct a state-of-the-art Secretariat complex in the existing place after demolishing the old structure, and is only waiting for the AP government to handover all buildings under its occupation, including the four Secretariat blocks and the Assembly and Council buildings.
Andhra Pradesh, however, has been seeking 10 to 15 acres of prime land in the city to have its own permanent building which is not acceptable to Telangana govenment. It now remains to be seen how the Governor will deal with the situation arising out of Andhra Pradesh’s demand.