Amaravati: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy slammed the Telugu Desam Party leaders and questioned them as to why they were getting distressed if the Andhra Pradesh government had directed the officials to demolish all illegal constructions on the embankments of the Krishna river.
Taking to Twitter, the YSRCP leader stated that was this because the constructions were built not by homeless poor people but by the “Big People” who manage institutions. He also said that henceforth no one could build in the contravention of laws.
This tweet was in response to the TDP leaders commenting against YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s directions to demolish all illegal buildings on the banks of the river Krishna in Undavalli, including Praja Vedika.
TDP MP Kesineni Nani in a Facebook post said that the demolishing Praja Vedika was not necessary and since it was built with public funds, and that there could be an alternative to this whole exercise. He said that Praja Vedika should be demolished at the end, after an alternate structure is built for similar purposes.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy clearly stated that the building was constructed in blatant violation of all laws and regulations, hence it should be demolished.
Firstly, it violated the River Conservation Act, the CRDA Master Plan, National Green Tribunal laws, building by-laws and was built despite the Lok Ayukta recommendations stating that it was illegal.
YS Jagan also pointed out that at the time of construction the executive engineer had expressed his reluctance to grant permission explicitly mentioning that the building was lower than the flood levels. The building stood at 19.5 metres whereas the flood level was at 22.5 metres. Yet the TDP government went ahead with the construction.
This decision has set precedence to the demolition of illegal constructions of any sorts.