L&T and Shapoorji Close the Deal With AP Govt

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The glitch on the outcome for the contract to build an interim government complex (temporary secretariat) of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in the state’s new capital region has been  sorted. The deal is said to have been closed on Sunday with the both the competing firms agreeing to the final price offered by the AP state government.

The two giants of the construction world, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) and Shapoorji Pallonji have been confirmed to have agreed to a price of Rs.3,350 per sq. ft. offered by the AP government for constructing the interim government complex at Velagapudi village. This is located 16 km from Vijayawada. The project slated the completion by 15th of June this year.

If things go real time and as planned, all the major offices of the AP government will be shifted to Amaravati from Hyderabad. The state government is still working things out, managing the chunk of administration that still functions from the capital of Telangana.

The official confirmation is still awaited from the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) on the finalization of the contract.

Internal sources who are familiar with the matter in the CRDA said the project has been divided into three parts,  out of which two were bagged by L&T and one by Shapoorji.

The temporary secretariat of the new AP has been planned to come up on 45 acres at Velagapudi village with three building blocks having an aggregate built-up area of 6 lakh sq. ft.

Of the total 45 acres, 27 acres have been earmarked for government buildings and the remaining towards public facilities. AP chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and his cabinet colleagues have been working from temporary offices in Vijayawada, and other government departments continue to work from Hyderabad.

The actual date for laying of foundation stone for the temporary secretariat is expected to be fixed today.



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