The Telangana old Secretariat Complex Demolition Begins According to reports, the demolition work began last night. The police authorities have cordoned off all the routes leading to the State Secretariat and imposed traffic restrictions for about a kilometer radius from the worksite. Barricades have been erected at Khairatabad, Ravindra Bharati, Himayatnagar, Tank Bund, and other junctions leading to the spot. The demolition of the old structure began after the Telangana high court cleared the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana government’s proposal for the construction of a Telangana new secretariat building in Saifabad.
The Telangana High Court last week dismissed the PILs filed by activists against the demolition of Telangana secretariat building. Last year, the Chief Minister KCR, as he is popularly known, had decided to demolish the existing structure and build a Vaastu-compliant new Secretariat building. KCR had earlier announced to build an expansive new Secretariat to accommodate all offices in one place. The Telangana Chief Minister’s office has meanwhile released the Telangana New Secretariat Building Design.
The authorities concerned announced a holiday for the employees of the State Secretariat which is temporarily accommodated in the BRKR Bhavan in the close vicinity of the old Secretariat. The Telangana old Secretariat Complex Demolition works are in full swing using heavy machinery, with dense dust engulfing the entire area. Sources said the demolition works will be completed before Wednesday morning, followed by clearance of debris. The construction of the new complex is expected to commence during the auspicious month of Sravanam.
The Telangana High Court refused to interfere with the State Cabinet’s decision to demolish the old Secretariat buildings and cleared all the petitions filed against the Cabinet decision during last week. Shortly thereafter, the authorities shifted all the computer servers and other equipment along with abandoned vehicles in the old Secretariat. Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar is learned to have held a meeting on Monday with the Roads and Buildings department who took up the demolition works after getting a nod from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.