The State government is preparing to demolish the illegal and unauthorised constructions that have come up along the river bank in the capital area. The government had already identified 26 such buildings on Krishna river bank in the capital and had served notices to them. The government is planning to serve one more set of notices before making next move.
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Botsa Satyanarayana told the Legislative Council that the unauthorised buildings on the river bank would be demolished as per the River Conservation Act. He said that notices were given to all the buildings including the one in which former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is residing. The Minister said it would be better for Chandrababu Naidu to vacate the House before the government acted on it and demolished.
“As a leader having served as chief minister for nearly 15 years, Chandrababu Naidu should have wisdom whether to live in a legally built house or illegal house. He is now living in an illegal house against the laws of the land. He should vacate it first,” Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said in the Council.
Former minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu questioned the prerogative of the government to serve demolition notices to the houses on the river bank. He said that those houses were built after due permission from the government during late Rajasekhar Reddy period. He wondered why the government is finding fault with the government headed by Rajasekhar Reddy those days.
It looks like the government is firm on demolishing these buildings, including Chandrababu Naidu’s rented house. This house and one more in the line have a couple of rooms built right in the river water with glass walls and water flowing outside. The owner of this house claimed that he had permission to build the house, while the government denies to have any such permission. It is to be seen where and how the issue would culminate with government being firm on demolition and the opposition strongly opposing it.