The five-member expert committee which looked into the new capital, Amaravati works, had almost prepared its report. The report is likely to be submitted to chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in a day or two. The committee took three months to study the issues, reports, orders and files related to the capital.
The committee, initially found that the government had paid a few crore of rupees extra for the capital designs alone. The previous Telugu Desam Party had paid Rs 240 crore to the Norman Fosters for designs of Assembly and Secretariat buildings alone. It took three years for the UK-based architecture company to complete the designs for these structures – one tower for the Assembly and five for Secretariat, four towers with 50 floors and one tower with 55 floors.
The committee found that the fee to the Norman Fosters was too high and it was not required for a state that started with revenue deficit. The committee also found that giving 1691 acres of land to Singapore consortium too was unwanted. Moreover, out of the 1691 acres, 200 acres were given to Singapore consortium free of cost. The committee felt that this land was in addition to the consultancy fee paid to the consortium and is likely to recommend against this allocation.
The committee also found that the previous government had paid Rs 10,000 per square feet for construction of the interim buildings and the proposed permanent buildings in Amaravati, against just Rs 3000 paid by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and Rs 3,500 by the private builders in and around Vijayawada and Guntur. The CPWD provides buildings for all the State and the Central government departments across the country and its average expenditure per square feet is Rs 3,000.
It is to be seen how the new government would handle this issue and proceed further.