Pouring cold water on the grand capital plans of Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Centre has said it would provide financial assistance for the construction of only certain government buildings as it does not have money to spare for all the new buildings.
Dejected government officials now say the funds from the Centre may not exceed Rs 5,000 crore, most of which would be used up for the construction of a new Raj Bhavan, assembly, secretariat and high court. “The Centre has provisionally agreed to give money only for a few important buildings. We have estimated that it would be around Rs 5,000 crore,” said a senior official. This projection falls way short of the massive indent of Rs 1.35 crore that was submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier.
Citing section 94 (3) of the AP Reorganisation Act – 2014, the Centre has also made it clear that it has no obligation towards land acquisition. In the backdrop of skyrocketing land prices in and around Vijayawada, acquiring land to set up government buildings would be a costly affair and the Centre has absolved itself from this burden, sources said.