Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, July 7
The Telangana Government has began the demolition of the state Secretariat constructing that it shared with Andhra Pradesh because the division of the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh in 2014.
The transfer comes per week after the Telangana High Court gave a go-ahead for a brand new Telangana state Secretariat.
The new constructing will likely be constructed at a value of Rs 400 crore on the similar web site reverse the well-known Hussain Sagar Lake.
The transfer of the federal government to demolish the previous secretariat and construct a brand new one when the constructing was comparatively current has evoked a pointy response from the folks, terming it as wasteful expenditure.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed within the excessive court docket restraining the federal government from demolishing the previous construction.
The court docket has now cleared the brand new development after trying on the plans of the federal government.
To forestall any demonstrations and protests, the federal government blocked all roads, erected barricades resulting in the secretariat and diverted the vehicular site visitors.
It deployed bulldozers, earthmovers, and different equipment for the demolition work which started within the early hours of Tuesday. The restrictions within the busy space close to Hussain Sagar Lake within the coronary heart of the town led to site visitors jams at varied factors.
All the 10 blocks unfold over 25 acres will likely be demolished, thereby ending yet one more image of Hyderabad heritage that may even turn into historical past.
One of the buildings was constructed in 1888 through the instances of seventh Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, the final ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad state.
Known as Saifabad Palace and built-in European structure, it used to deal with the workplace of Nizam’s prime minister until Hyderabad’s accession with the Indian Union in 1948.
Subsequently, the palace designated as ‘G’ block (Sarvahitha) served because the workplace of the chief ministers of undivided Andhra Pradesh up until N.T Rama Rao.
His successor M. Channa Reddy constructed the ‘C’ block and shifted the chief minister’s workplace and all his successors until undivided Andhra Pradesh’s final chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy functioned from there.
The ‘G’ block, one of many final surviving items of structure of Nizam’s administration has since been mendacity unused and lowered to the dustbin to dump previous furnishings.
When Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh in June 2014, each states functioned from right here.
While ‘C’ block was allotted to Telangana, Chief Minister Ok. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) continued to operate from his workplace cum residence at “Pragati Bhavan”.
It is claimed that the chief minister was suggested by his astrologers to not go there because the Vaastu of your complete secretariat advanced was inauspicious.
The chief minister has laid the muse stone for the brand new administrative advanced on the similar location on June 27 final 12 months. But the work was stalled because of a PIL towards the development saying it might add to the pointless burden on the state’s exchequer.
Now that the court docket has cleared the development, the brand new secretariat is anticipated to be inbuilt a document one 12 months.
The Chief Minister’s Office at this time launched the design of the proposed secretariat constructing saying it could be accepted.
The authorities plans to finish the work by June 2, 2021. Mumbai-based architect Hafeez Contractor has designed the five-lakh sq. ft advanced to be constructed at a value of Rs 400 crore.
After the Secretariat constructing, a brand new Vidhan Sabha constructing on the Irrum Manzil too might turn into a actuality, a lot to the frustration of voices for heritage preservations.