Chandrababu steps on the gas for completion of temporary capital
The Chief Minister Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu is stepping on the gas to have his dream capital city of Amravati emerge from the ground and reach out to the skies at the earliest.
Ahead of the Budget, Mr. Naidu moved quickly to finalise the bids for the temporary capital, which will pave the way for the emergence of the dream capital with all its historic and modern trappings, intertwined in an unique wrapping.
As things stand today, two of India’s biggest construction behemoths L&T and Shapoorji Pallongi will be handling the entire works related to the temporary capital. If authoritative sources are to be believed, the bidders have quoted about Rs. 4,800 per sq ft, a tad higher than what Mr. Naidu had in mind.
However, Mr. Naidu’s renowned negotiating skills, which he had amply demonstrated when he had the Hi-tech city building constructed in Hyderabad in his earlier tenure, the bidders are veering round to pare down their cost to Rs. 3,350 per sq ft.
But, given the special and exotic embellishments that the two bidders have proposed, the Chief Minister is willing to look beyond the cost projection at the moment.
The sources said the government has decided to award four packages to L&T and two packages to Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. “The bidders have agreed to execute the work at Rs. 3,350 per sq. ft. The work orders are likely to be issued soon. The tenders were finalised with intervention of Chief Minister Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu last week” a senior state government official said.
Finalisation of the tenders had been held up all these days as the bidders and the Government were not being able to come to an understanding on the cost. While bidders refused to budge from their estimate of Rs.4,800 per sft, the government insisted that the work be done at Rs.3,000 as estimated by it. And, it works out to Rs.3300 including mandatory taxes.
As per the rules, the government can allow 5 per cent excess or less of the rate fixed by it. Going by this clause, the government is likely to finalise the bidders at somewhere around Rs.3,350 per sft.. Sources say that the government may select both the firms and divide the three packages between them.
The authority has already opened the technical bid and subsequently, the price bids were opened last week. The Government actually wanted to finalise the bids by February 10 and issue the work orders as soon as the price bids were scrutinised. The government intends to complete the works before June.
The government chalked out plans to construct six lakh square feet of office space to shift Secretariat and Assembly. Six blocks, each with a floor space of one lakh sq. ft will come up at the temporary capital. The government is considering all possibilities including pre-fabricated, RCC and steel structures to construct the temporary capital
The government is planning to construct G plus one building, each floor with a space of 50,000 sq.ft. However, foundation will be constructed for G plus six floors. The CRDA will use it for commercial purpose in future.
To mount pressure
Mr. Naidu’s strategy is clear. Now with the finalisation of the tenders for the temporary capital, the Chief Minister now has more muscles to mount pressure on the Narendra Modi Government to further bridge the revenue gap and accord special status to the State, as promised. Earlier the budget deficit in the State was estimated at Rs.16,079 crore However, the Centre has released only Rs.2,300, including Rs.850 crore towards capital construction in two tranches and an additional special grant was given for improving civic amenities in Guntur and Vijayawada cities.