Rainwater enters into AP ministers’ cabins, damages documents

Guntur: Heavy rains caused Rainwater on Tuesday to enter into the chambers of human resources Minister AP, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, and minister for water resources, D. Uma-Maheshwara Rao.

Besides the rainwater seepage into the ministers’ chambers, the false ceiling of revenue and stamps and registration department had also fallen. The service workers had to remove the leaked rainwater that dripped into Block 4 of the Secretariat, DC reports.

In a similar incident earlier, the rainwater had entered in the chamber of YSR Congress president and opposition leader Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on June 6. The government, suspecting a conspiracy behind the leakage, ordered an inquiry. The Secretariat staff and public were worried over the leakage in the world-class Secretariat.

The water flowed on the floor of the Secretariat causing inconvenience to the employees. Water not only leaked from the ceilings but from window panes as well. The files and other documents in the office of the Water Resources Secretary Sasibhushan reportedly got soaked in the water. The officials of the various departments directed the contractors to repair the leakages instantly.

YSR Congress MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, suspecting package deals behind the poor quality of the construction of the Secretariat, has demanded a CBI inquiry. He alleged that the government paid Rs 10,000 per square feet against the normal rate of Rs 3,500. The public wants to know the illegalities in the Secretariat contract, he said.

APCRDA vice-chairman and minister for municipal administration P. Narayana rushed to the Secretariat for inspection. He ruled out any illegalities in its construction and said that water had leaked to the ‘duck sheet’ on the roof.

He said that orders had been issued to remove the duck sheet and said, the contractors would be looking after Secretariat for a period of two years. He appealed to everybody not to make simple leaks into big faults or a failure.