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Telangana new Secretariat building model out; demolition of historic building begins

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on July 07, 2020 Published on July 07, 2020

An artistic rendering of the proposed new sectretariat. The design is yet to be approved. Photo: The Hindu by Special arrangement   -  The Hindu

The demolition of the Telangana Secretariat building commenced on Tuesday morning. This follows various hurdles being put aside, paving the way for the demolition of the historic building and construction of a new one.

State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s office released a model picture of the massive Secretariat building complex here today.

The old building structure located at Saufabad area overlooking the picturesque Husain Sagar lake will be razed after the Telangana High Court recently dismissed petitions challenging the proposal to demolish old structures and construct a new Secretariat complex.

The demolition of the Secretariat building by deploying massive equipment began early on Tuesday amidst high security.

The Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone for the new Secretariat administrative complex in June last year. But the work could not be taken up as several public interest litigations were filed challenging the demolition and construction of the proposed Secretariat on the ground that it was a wasteful expenditure and a drain on the State’s resources.

The Chief Minister is known to strictly adhere to Vaastu shashtra and the proposed complex is aligned to and confirms to traditional best practices. It is proposed to complete the construction of the building within 12 months.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have expressed their displeasure against the haste with which the demolition work has been taken up to pave the way for construction of the new Secretariat building, stating that this was a wasteful expenditure and is being taken up when the country and the State are fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.

One party suggested that the Secretariat be used for treatment and quarantine of the Covid-19 patients just like many buildings are being utilised as emergency treatment facilities in the country.

The 100-year old Secretariat has served 16 chief ministers, sources stated.

 

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Published on July 07, 2020
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