The Andhra Pradesh government had given enough indications that it would demolish the rented house of former chief minister and opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu, which is located right on the river bed. This was hinted at by Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana in the Assembly. This was also almost ratified by chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who intervened in the discussion.
Chandrababu Naidu is living in a rented building which is located in the Krishna river water. Ironically this was one of the 24 buildings identified by Chandrababu Naidu government in 2015 and issued notices for demolition. But, later Chandrababu Naidu settled in this house and made it his camp office with the government funds. He had also constructed a make-shift hall as Praja Vedika spending Rs 9 crore from the government exchequer. This was removed by the present government on the ground that this government would not entertain any unofficial and unauthorised construction.
The ruling YSR Congress said that the building was illegal built in the river water. A couple of rooms of this house are located in the river water against the River Conservation Act. However, Chandrababu Naidu justified the location of the building on the ground that it was not on the river bank, but on the banks of a reservoir. Prakasam Barrage is a storage reservoir and his rented house is located on the banks of this reservoir not exactly the river, he said.
This was ridiculed by the ruling YSR Congress, including Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy and several MLAs during the discussion. Unmindful of the criticism, Chandrababu Naidu said that he would be ready to sleep on the road if he is forced out of the house on one excuse or the other. But, he had cautioned the government against removing 74,000 such buildings that have come up on the river banks, canal banks and other water bodies across the State.