Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the interim secretariat-cum-government complex here at 4.01 a.m. on Monday. On the occasion, Mr. Naidu said it was his resolve to get the government to operate from the capital city at the earliest though Hyderabad has been made the common capital for 10 years.
Marking the beginning of his functioning from the new government building, he signed on a file sanctioning a waiver of Rs. 3,200 crore loans availed by farmers and Rs. 2,400 crore towards capital infusion to self-help groups. “From the announcement of the name of the capital city and naming it, to inaugurating the temporary secretariat complex, it has been a memorable journey. The effort of each individual from those who carried bricks to senior bureaucrats in the construction of capital city is commendable," he said.
Mr. Naidu expressed happiness that his dream of building a world class capital city started taking shape so early. He had special words of appreciation for the Government of Singapore for giving the master plans that reflected his aspirations and hopes of the public of a top class self-sustainable city, in a short span. He reiterated that Andhra Pradesh could achieve double digit (11 per cent) growth rate last year in spite of the loss suffered following the bifurcation.
Mr. Naidu said the Central government needed to sort out the issues related to A.P Reorganisation Act and extend the financial assistance it had promised to the State. “I am going ahead with various schemes in spite of the financial crunch, as I have the responsibility to deliver on my promises," he observed.
The buildings coming up at Velagapudi are permanent and once the core capital takes shape, they would used for other productive purposes, Mr. Naidu said, adding that it was a great achievement to complete the buildings in just 40 days after the foundation was laid on March 17.