True to the assertion of Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu in the recent Cabinet meeting that the administration should start functioning from its own State from June, government has started a serious exercise to provide accommodation to the employees.
Preliminary proposals were prepared to construct 20-storeyed high rise towers to house families of about 15,000 to 20,000 employees. The cost of mega project to be grounded in the Capital city of Amaravathi with the financial aid from HUDCO is estimated at about Rs.2,600 crore. Of this 80 per cent would be the share of HUDCO and State government would bear 20 per cent.
The employees too are happy with the proposal as the government quarters coming up in the residential zone of the capital area will be close to their work place and save them precious time and energy in commuting long distances as in the common capital of Hyderabad.
Authorities on the other hand say that the burden on HUDCO loan would not be much as government instead of paying house rent allowance to the employees would utilise it to service the debt payments. However finer details were still being worked out and clarity would come in the next few days, according to officials.
With the government gearing up to lay foundation for the capital city in the first week of June, mostly on June 6, and the Master Plan for the Capital City to be submitted by June-end, employees’ representatives say that if the HUDCO project is launched in the next few months, it could well be completed in the next four to five years.
Meanwhile in the first phase, field level officers of various key departments with direct interface with the public will be moving to Vijayawada from June onwards. The officials are in the process of identifying accommodation facilities and identified about 6,000 apartments and houses to be taken on lease. Employees Association leaders admit that after waiting for about one year for the key departments to move to Vijayawada or Guntur, people are growing impatient that they are compelled to come to Hyderabad to represent their grievances or pursue important administrative work.