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    Telangana govt begins works to demolish Secretariat complex

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    The state government earlier indicated that the new secretariat which would come up in about four lakh sq-ft would cost around Rs 400 crore and it had decided to equip the new Secretariat complex with state-of-the-art connectivity and other features.

    CM KCR displays proposed secretariat building
    HYDERABAD: Amid protests by the opposition parties, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government on Tuesday went ahead with demolishing the old Secretariat buildings complex located in the city centre.

    Blocking the roads leading to the Secretariat near Hussain Sagar by deploying large police forces and imposing traffic restrictions, the TRS government went ahead with demolition works.

    Amid criticism by the Opposition parties that chief minister Rao was conspicuous by his absence of late and not seen holding review meetings on Coronavirus spread, the chief minister’s office released the design of the proposed new Secretariat building.

    The Opposition parties have been demanding to convert the Secretariat complex into a Covid-19 hospital or isolation centre amid a sharp spike in Coronavirus cases in the state in general and city in particular. Raising concerns over the spiralling cases, the Opposition parties urged the government to include Covid-19 treatment under the state sponsored health insurance scheme Arogyasri and announce health emergency in the state.

    The move by the TRS government to demolish the Secretariat complex comes days after the Hyderabad High Court refusing to interfere with the state cabinet’s decision to demolish old Secretariat buildings complex, disposing of the public interest litigations challenging demolition.

    Indicating the government’s preparations to demolish the Secretariat complex, the authorities were seen clearing the abandoned vehicles, computers and other equipment from the complex over the last couple of days. There were reports that the TRS government was looking to complete the demolition works in a day and begin the works on new complex during the auspicious Sravanam month.

    Justifying the demolition works, the Telangana State Planning Board vice chairman Boinapalli Vinod Kumar on Tuesday said it was part of the comprehensive plan of the TRS government to take the administration closer to the public at large. As a part of the plan, the government had created new districts and took up construction of new Collectorate complexes in each district, he said. Arguing that public could access effective administrative services under single roof after the completion of the new Secretariat complex, Kumar said even the Narendra Modi government was building a new Parliament complex in Delhi.
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    5 Comments on this Story

    Vedantham Sheshashar81 days ago
    One government spends taxpayers money to construct the building. Next government spends taxpayers money to demolish the building. Who is the loser?? Whose money is wasted?? Who's responsible? Where's accountability??
    Sasi Kumar81 days ago
    This article is utterly incomplete as it doesn't provide a good image of the structure that is to be demolished. If a plan is ready for the proposed structure that also should have been provided.
    samynarayana81 days ago
    If a new secretariat is constructed it makes sense to build 4 towers of a minimum of 50 floors each with fast lifts to operate between 40 to 50; 30 to 40, 20 to 30. These lifts must halt at floors, 10, 20, 30, 40. All towers must be interconencted at floors 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 . At least 7 levels underground parking must be ensured. Shift all govt offices to one building. Preferably rent one tower to central govt offices. Release space. Stop encroching agriculture lands . IDEALLY ask residents of congested areas like Malakpet, Mehdipatnam, to join hands and construct towers - minimum 20 floors and give a lot of free spacefor fast traffic. And finally behead corrupt officers who try to make money in reconstruction
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