Centre offers Rs 50K cr for govt bldgs in Amaravati
In a major relief to the AP government, the Centre has agreed to provide Rs 50,000 crore for construction of new capital buildings and infrastructure in five phases.
CM Chandrababu Naidu has received a communication from Centre assuring funds for construction of buildings on nearly 70 lakh square feet in Amaravati. The buildings include secretariat, Raj Bhavan, legislative assembly , council, high court, CMO and residence, quarters for MLAs, accommodation for all India service officers and state government employees.
“The Centre will fund all important government buildings in Amaravati. It has assured that it will fund about 70 lakh square feet construction,“ said YS Chowdary , Union minister of state for science and technology. The minister is actively involved in negotiations with the Union finance ministry to win over an attractive development package to the state after the monsoon session. He held a series of meetings with Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and senior officials in the ministry to give final touches to the package. Apart from setting up all government offices and quarters, the Centre has also agreed to provide basic infrastructure for Amaravati. This will include construction of 400 KV sub-stations for electricity supply, laying of four and six lane roads, metro rail, construction of drinking and sewerage lines for the capital city and strengthening of bund of river Krish na to prevent frequent flooding. The Centre has put up Rs 20,000 crore as preliminary estimates for the construction of the buildings. “The infrastructure provision will be shared by four ministries. Power, surface trans port, urban development and railways will provide funds for the development of necessary infrastructure by spending over Rs 30,000 crore.This will be released in a phased manner,“ said a senior official in the finance department. Naidu has been insisting on separate funds for Outer Ring Road, flood management scheme and expansion of Vijayawada airport. Sources said that the Centre has agreed to bear most of the expenditure for these projects.y .
eenadu news paper 09-08-2016: http://epaper.eenadu.net