Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who had stopped all on-going works in the new capital, Amaravati, had finally made up his mind to cut the plans to size. According to highly placed sources in the government, the chief minister had decided to put off the plans of constructing multi-floor buildings for secretariat and an iconic building for Assembly. The buildings were designed by UK’s Norman and Fosters after two years of work.
The secretariat buildings were proposed for multi-floor, four buildings with 40 floors and one building with 50 floors, by Chandrababu Naidu government. The Assembly building has an iconic tower on the top for the people to go up and take a look at the city from the top. These designs were finally cleared and the work orders too were given by Chandrababu Naidu government. In fact, the government had even went for a record creation for the foundation laying ceremony where foundation was laid for all the five towers of the secretariat.
The Chandrababu Naidu government also went for big plans on the Raj Bhavan, too, besides others. However, after coming to power, Jaganmohan Reddy is said to be having second thoughts on moving forward with these plans. As the empty exchequer welcomed him and there is a load of debt without enough sources for repayment, Jaganmohan Reddy had decided to keep these ambitious plans aside for the time being. He is comfortable with the Assembly building and the five secretariat buildings at Velagapudi. He is also happy with the conversion of the irrigation building in Vijayawada into Raj Bhavan.
Jaganmohan Reddy had constructed his own house at Tadepalli, which he is using as his camp office and he is happy with all these existing facilities. The Assembly and secretariats can continue in the same buildings, which were called interim arrangement by the previous Telugu Desam Party government. The High Court too is functioning in a newly-constructed city court complex at Nelapadu in the capital villages. As there is no urgency to go for fresh accommodation, the chief minister wants that the administrative capital proposed by Chandrababu Naidu can wait.