The State government on Thursday had clarified that Amaravati will continue as capital of the State. Clearing the air on the new government’s plans of shifting the capital, the government said that there was no proposal to shift the capital. However, the government admitted that it had stopped all the works that have no financial tie-up with the banks or have not cleared the bills to the contractors yet. The government had also stopped all the works that have not completed beyond 25 per cent. Those works that have completed beyond 75 per cent of the works will continue, while others are being reviewed for retendering.
This was what Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana told the media after the review meeting on capital with chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Thursday evening. The Minister said that the officials have explained the present situation in the capital to the chief minister. The flood threat, the cost escalation and the pending bills were also briefed to the chief minister leaving it for him to take a decision. The Minister said that the previous government had kept over Rs 2,800 crore bills pending and this government is finding it tough to clear it with empty coffers. Even some works were given to the contractors without having financial tie-up with the banks to proceed further. All these works were being reviewed by the government, he said.
The Minister further said that all the 13 districts are equally important to this government and not just Amaravati. There was nothing much attached to the capital except having the provisional buildings for the government offices like Secretariat, Assembly, Raj Bhavan and High Court, which are already available and there was no need to go for the construction of another set of such buildings.
The Minister’s statement after the review meeting with the chief minister had cleared all doubts being raised by the opposition that this government is planning to shift the capital. The political parties have been holding protests on this issue targeting the government. It is to be seen what the opposition parties would do now on the issue.