Jagan govt’s demolition drive reaches Chandrababu Naidu doors; gets notice to move out
The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday served eviction notice on the owners of the palatial bungalow on the banks of Krishna river at Vundavalli in Amaravati, where Telugu Desam Party president and opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu has been staying for nearly five years.
Officials of the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) led by assistant director Y Narender Reddy went to Naidu’s residence and handed a copy of the notice to his staff there. The former chief minister was present in the house when the authorities issued the notice.
The notice, served in the name of industrialist Ramesh Lingamaneni, asked him to vacate the premises and demolish the building since it was identified as an unauthorized construction falling within 100 metres of the river bank.
“The CRDA gave a week’s time to Ramesh to comply with the order, failing which the authorities would go ahead with the demolition without any further notice,” an official familiar with the development said.
Naidu, who moved to the capital region soon after coming to power in June 2014 following bifurcation of combined state, chose the guesthouse of Lingamaneni at Vundavalli. Suitable modifications were made in the house to meet the security requirements of Naidu. A garden with a swimming pool was developed subsequently and a makeshift helipad was constructed adjacent to the house.
Following instructions from YSR Congress party president and chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the CRDA authorities have already demolished “Praja Vedika,” a sprawling conference hall constructed adjacent to Naidu’s residence. The hall was being used by Naidu to meet people and also hold official meetings, including collectors’ conferences.
Jagan declared Praja Vedika and also Naidu’s residence as illegal constructions and asked the officials to identify all such unauthorized buildings on the banks of Krishna river.
The CRDA submitted identified nearly 60 such constructions, including 22 big buildings that came up in violation of the building laws over the last few years. “We have started serving notices on the owners of all such buildings from Friday. Naidu’s building is among them,” the official said.