Rainwater seeps into Singapore secretariat

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Jagan Reddy should be arrested yet another time. For another reason this time though.

Andhra’s Interim Government Complex (IGC) at Velagapudi witnessed yet another leakage of water into the building, as rainwater leaked into the offices of Andhra HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Water Resources Minister D Umamaheswara Rao on Tuesday.

According to reports, the building’s maintenance staff immediately got to work, mopping the floor as water seeped into Block 4 of the Secretariat.

This comes a little over a month after water flooded the office of the Leader of Opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the newly-constructed Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that the false ceiling of the Revenue, Stamps and Registration department had also fallen due to rainwater seepage, while files and other documents in some of the offices were drenched.

Sensing an emergency, APCRDA Vice-Chairman and the state’s Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana rushed to the Secretariat and inspected the leakage.

Speaking to media persons, he claimed that it was a ‘minor’ problem, and said that rainwater had leaked due to the ‘duct sheet’ on the roof, and added that the contractors of the project would be looking after the building for two years.

“It is a very minor problem. Don’t blow it out of proportions. Small problems are bound to be there even if we construct a house of our own,” he said.

Opposition party YSRCP lashed out at the state government over the latest incident, alleging that the state had struck a deal with contractors, to build a poor-quality complex.

“We will not be surprised, if chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu says that the YSR Congress leaders, who came to cast votes in the Presidential election had cut-off water pipelines, causing the leakage,” YSRCP MLA Roja said during a press meet.

During the water leakage in June,  Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao visited the premises, and escorted the media to the roof.

Armed with photographs, the Speaker alleged that some ‘miscreants’ had cut open the pipes on the roof of the building, which led to water leaking straight into Jagan’s office.

The Speaker said that the government was serious about investigating the incident with the police and even with the Crime Investigation Department (CID).

“I don’t want to talk politics. I want to know the facts. If any mischief like this takes place, the culprit has to be caught. We are planning to ask for a CID investigation immediately. We will also examine CCTV footage,” he added.

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