HYDERABAD: IN an action replay of sorts, another batch of Andhra Pradesh government employees went through the motions of moving into their new offices in the yet-to-be-completed Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi on Thursday and went back to their old office at the Secretariat in Hyderabad within 24 hours.
For the new digs are not ready for occupation yet. This batch of 45 employees from the transport and roads & buildings departments and the Vigilance Commission, were bused to Velagapudi from Hyderabad on Thursday.
After formally moving into their respective offices on the first floor of Block-5 of half a Secretariat, they got back into the bus and rumbled back to Hyderabad. It was a reprise of what their colleagues in the panchayat raj, civil supplies, medical & health and labour departments did late last month, when the deadline for the Andhra Pradesh administration's Durbar Move to the capital region passed.
An internal circular was issued to the second batch of these Velagapudi pioneers stating that their move was permanent. But, finding their offices still unfurnished, they beat back to the old capital.
‘‘That was just on paper,’’ said one employee of the R&B Department. ‘‘The Velagapudi complex is far from complete. We just performed an opening ceremony.’’
Another employee cribbed, ‘‘There are no toilets and drainage facilities there. The flooring work is still going on. There is no water. The interiors are being done very slowly.’’
One employee said there were no loos in the new complex, and he had to get in his car and drive to Vijayawada across the river to get to a rest room.