The Andhra Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, has issued notice to owners of 20 buildings, including the house in which former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his family are living.
Mr. Reddy had announced last week that all illegal structures on the banks of the Krishna river will be demolished.
The notice was pasted on the wall of Mr. Naidu’s sprawling bungalow that overlooks the picturesque river. He has been living here for the last four years after the state administration moved to Vijayawada from Hyderabad.
The notice says the property on six acres, with a ground floor having reinforced cement concrete structures, a swimming pool, helipad, first-floor residence and 10 temporary sheds were all within 100 metres of the river and built without permission.
The demolition notice issued by the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) said Mr. Naidu must vacate the place or reply within seven days.
This fresh notice comes days after a classy glass walled building used by Mr. Naidu as a venue to meet the public, hold press conferences and conduct sundry work when he was chief minister was demolished by the new state government earlier this week.
The building ‘Praja Vedika’, conveniently located near Mr. Naidu’s home, was built in 2017 at a cost of INR₹ 8.9 crore by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government. Mr. Naidu had written to the new Chief Minister on June 4 to allow him to retain the hall so that he could work from there as the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly.
The matter reached to the courts and it was decided that since the structure was illegal, there could be no argument that it should stay. The court also asked the new government to collect the cost of the building .
Chandrababu Naidu hit out at the young Chief Minister for foolishly destroying government property. He asked if the Mr. Reddy would pull down statues of his father and former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, claiming they stand on unauthorised land and have no permission.
Source : Various