The houses on the Krishna river bank in the State, particularly in the stretch of two kilometres from the downstream of Prakasam Barrage, are now a big issue for debate. People across the State are talking about these buildings, which are located right on the bank of the river from Undavalli to Venkatapalem, where Telugu Desam Party supremo and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu resides.
These buildings became a major controversy with TDP government identifying them illegal and issuing notices in February 2015. The then Minister in Chandrababu Naidu government, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, raked up a major controversy in the State talking against these buildings and threatening to demolish them. But things took a different turn when Chandrababu Naidu, as chief minister decided to live in one of these buildings, initially owned by industrialist Lingamaneni Ramesh. The TDP government had issued notice for demolition to this building too.
The then Opposition party, the YSR Congress, made it an issue and questioned Chandrababu Naidu for residing in an illegal building. It was in one of those such occasions where the opposition questioned him for occupying the illegal and private building, the then chief minister Chandrababu Naidu had said that the building was given in land pooling to the government and hence it is a government building. The government laid roads and a helipad for the convenience of the chief minister.
Now, having lost power in the 2019 general elections, Chandrababu Naidu says it is a private house and he had rented it. Interestingly, there are no records for this house with the government to prove whether it is a government house given in land pooling or a private house.
There are other buildings on the river bank, one of them owned by BJP former MP and industrialist Gokaraju Gangaraju. The BJP former MP says that his building has all permissions required. He claims that he did not encroach the river. On the other hand, the river had encroached into his own land over the years!
There is one more building owned by TDP leader and Guntur district former ZP chairman Pathuru Nagabhushanam. The government had served the notices to all these buildings once again and is getting ready for demolition. With this, the buildings here have become a debatable point for the people across the State.