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Dog days ahead for Andhra ministers


All Andhra Pradesh ministers, who are used to cold-comforts of Hyderabad, have to quit common capital in a month or two. They have to willy nilly relocate themselves to the hot and humid climate of Vijayawada, popular as Blazewada.

In Hyderabad, ministers live in a high security, uninterrupted power supply- ministers quarters in Road No 12 of Banjara Hills. Naidu’s decision to make Vijayawada temporary capital is forcing them to bid good bye to Telangana’s Hyderabad. Till the other day ministers boasted that they would not leave Hyderabad not a day before the expiry of 10-year time Andhra Pradesh has been given to share the city as joint capital. But, the cash-for-vote and the following telephone tapping has thrown everything into haywire. After the telephone tapping, which Telangana says had been done as per the law, Naidu and his son Lokesh feel Hyderabad is unsafe. The idea of shifting government to Vijayawada had to be put on fast-track.

Chief minister reportedly asked all the ministers to relocate their premises to Vijayawada ” only to come closer to the heart of the Andhra People.

Andhra Pradesh government is converting all the guest houses available in Vijyawada into residences for ministers. After the CM decided to work from Vijayawada for five days in a week, it has become incumbent upon the minister to migrate to Vijyawada leaving behind the posh Hyderabad they have adopted for ages.

Finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said, the R&B guest house, government guest house, and all available private guest houses also had been hired and being converted into residential quarters. He said the ground-floors of the guest houses would be converted into conference halls.
” No minister or officer will be allowed to stay in five-star hotels as the state finances are in bad shape.He also said government is planning to amend the rules related to the private houses so that senior officers can hire these houses,” the minister said.

As the housing is being shown as the stumbling block to move the administration to Vijayawada, the government has entered into an agreement with Hudco to build at least 10,000 houses for employees in the proposed new capital areas.

The finance minister hoped that the government could persuade the leaders of NGOs to send first batch of employees to Vijayawada for the benefit of the people.

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