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AP government transfers its buildings in Hyderabad secretariat to Telangana

03-06-201903-06-2019 07:39:53 IST
Updated On 03-06-2019 15:42:50 ISTUpdated On 03-06-20192019-06-03T02:09:53.925Z03-06-2019 2019-06-03T02:09:49.928Z - 2019-06-03T10:12:50.271Z - 03-06-2019

AP government transfers its buildings in Hyderabad secretariat to Telangana

The Andhra Pradesh government on Sunday surrendered all its buildings located in the common capital of Hyderabad to Telangana.

Governor E S L Narasimhan had issued orders to this effect invoking his powers under Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, following a request made by the Telangana cabinet in the afternoon.

The combined state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to carve out a separate state of Telangana on June 2, 2014. As part of the bifurcation act, Hyderabad remains a common capital for both the Telugu states for a period of 10 years. As such, the government buildings in Hyderabad were divided between the two states to continue their functioning from the common capital.

However, the Telugu Desam Party government which was formed in 2014 decided against waiting for 10 years. It ordered shifting of entire administration to Vijayawada, Guntur and its surroundings, as it started constructing the new capital of Amaravati.

As the entire secretariat, other departments and corporations moved to Amaravati capital region, the buildings allocated to Andhra Pradesh remained vacant for the last couple of years.

However, the buildings continued to be in the possession of the AP government, which has been paying electricity, water supply, and other charges, besides property tax to the Telangana government.

According to an official statement from the Telangana government, the state cabinet adopted a resolution on Sunday, requesting the Governor to use his discretionary powers to transfer all the buildings allotted to Andhra Pradesh government to Telangana. AP government now headed by chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also gave its consent. Accordingly, the Governor issued orders.

However, the Governor asked the Telangana government to earmark a couple of buildings to Andhra Pradesh for the use of police department and other official wings for contingency purposes.

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