The Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) had sent a legal notice to the Japanese firm, Maki Associates that was earlier appointed as master architect for the construction of capital Amaravati, to stop making any comments against the government or the APCRDA.
It is know that APCRDA terminated Maki Associates as architects after it received criticism from several quarters that the preliminary designs were not up to the mark and were replica of capital complex in Chandigarh. Especially after people wrote to APCRDA saying that, the legislative assembly building looks like a nuclear power plant.
Not letting this contract slip of their hands easily, Maki associates filled a complaint in the Council of Architecture, which had sought an explanation from the TDP government as to why the firm was dropped after it submitted the model designs.
Besides this complaint, the Japanese global firm had also published an article in Architectural Digest magazine on March 21, 2017 against the Andhra Pradesh state government/CRDA and defamed the government's reputation.
APCRDA commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar, in a press release said, “The APCRDA takes strong exception to the Maki’s utterances and ridiculous comparisons between the Government of AP and the Government of Bihar (in the article). Such comparisons are unwarranted and the revelations are in violation of the terms and conditions signed by Maki”.