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Demolition of Telangana’s old Secretariat buildings begins

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Hyderabad: The demolition of the State Secretariat building underway after the High Court gave permission for the construction of the new Secretariat building, in Hyderabad, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI07-07-2020_000118B)

Paving way for construction of new State Secretariat complex, the State government has begun demolition of the old Secretariat buildings in the wee hours of Tuesday. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is learnt to have approved the design for the new Secretariat complex and gave his nod on Monday to take up the demolition works of the old buildings.

The demolition of the old Secretariat complex of Telangana began in Hyderabad early on Tuesday morning as the State government is apparently unwilling to give any scope for any further litigation in the matter.

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 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.

Subsequently, nine more blocks were constructed with a built-up area of 9.16 lakh sq.ft. with the D block constructed in the early 2000s alone occupying 2.46 lakh sq.ft. area. Five of these blocks — H south and north, J, K and L, with a built-up area of 5.31 lakh sq.ft. — were under the possession of the Andhra Pradesh government post-bifurcation while four blocks A, B, C and D were in control of the Telangana government.

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 learnt 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.