Vijayawada: Despite the directions of the High Court asking the state to submit a counter, the Andhra Pradesh government has expedited the process to construct a state guest house on a 30-acre land atop Greyhounds Hill at Kapuluppada in Vizag city. The state government issued an order on 27 August approving the proposal to transfer 30 acres of land to the collector and district magistrate, Visakhapatnam, to construct the new guest house, as recommended by the district-level committee.

It may be recalled that a petition has been filed in the Andhra Pradesh High Court contesting the laying of the foundation for a government guest house in Vizag. The petitioner argued that the construction of a guest house by the AP government was in violation of the status quo ordered by the High Court. After hearing the petition, the High Court asked the AP government to file a counter reply by 10 September.

The guest house is one of four such constructions sanctioned earlier in July to come up in Vijayawada, Tirupati, Kakinada, and Vizag. The court has reportedly directed that the counter in this particular petition be signed by the chief secretary.

Sources said the construction of the guest house in Vizag city was entrusted to Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA). The VMRDA has issued a notification inviting bids from consultants for the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR). It invited request for proposal (RFP) from consultants for the comprehensive architectural services and project management consultant services for the state guest house.

The state guest house will provide accommodation to VVIPs like the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and judges, Union ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers and ministers during their visit to the city. Close to the site is an IT park built on 300 acres of land. One can have a breathtaking view of the beach and the city from the top of the hill.

A committee, headed by district collector V. Vinay Chand, had identified the site at Greyhounds Hill for the guest house at Kapuluppada in Bheemili Assembly segment in Vizag. The committee requested the VMRDA commissioner to appoint the consultant for the comprehensive architectural services and the project management consultancy services for the guest house.

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