On the 7th of July, the Telangana Government began demolition of the old secretariat building complex in Telangana.
After the Telangana High Court (HC) approved the demolition, the K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) released the elevation design, following which the demolition began.
The government officials concerned for the demolition process said, “The demolition of the secretariat building began during wee hours of Tuesday and it will go on today (7th of July.)”
After approving the demolition of the old secretariat, the Telangana HC, on the 6th of July, reviewed a few Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the demolition and dismissed them.
In 2019, KCR, the Chief Minister of Telangana, laid the foundation for the new secretariat.
However, due to the PIL filed against the State Government regarding the demolition of the old secretariat, the Telangana Government had to put a hold on it.
According to the filed PIL, the construction of the new administrative secretariat would be a burden on the State’s exchequer.
The new secretariat is designed on wide land of about 4 lakh square feet.
The total budget for the construction is around Rs. 400 crores including State art.
According to the State Government sources, the new secretariat will be fully “Vaastu compliant.”
K. Kishna Saagar Rao, the Chief Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Telangana, protested the demolition and criticised the State Government.
Mr. Rao said, “While Chief Ministers across the country are busy building infrastructure to accommodate COVID-19 patients, unfortunately Telangana has a Chief Minister, who is busy demolishing the existing infrastructure, which can easily be turned into a massive facility to accommodate thousands of COVID-19 patients.”
Speaking about the BJP’s opinion on this demolition, the TRS instead of beginning the demolition work, could have used the old secretariat buildings as quarantine centres with at least 20,000 bed facilities.
The Party further said the buildings are located in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, an ideal location to use for COVID-19 treatment.
The GHMC is one of the hotspots in Telangana for the spread of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
Telangana has a total of 25,733 cases of the Novel Coronavirus. Out of the total, 10,646 are active cases, 14,781 are recovered/discharged cases and 306 deceased.
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