Telangana HC extends stay on secretariat building demolition

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The Telangana high court on Wednesday, July 15, extended the temporary stay on demolition of buildings of the state secretariat in Hyderabad till July 16.

A division bench comprising chief justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and justice B Vijaysen Reddy ordered the stay on July 13, three days after giving a green signal for its demolition, on a petition filed by Prof P L Vishweshwar Rao and Dr Cheruku Sudhakarhad, citing serious environmental issues.

While extending the stay, the court has directed the government to submit a reply on its stand on the environmental issues with regards to the demolition of the secretariat complex. The petitioners had alleged that the demolition was being carried out without following the due procedure of law.

They pointed out that the act was against the Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules 2016, against the Provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and against the provisions of the Environment Protection Act 1986, among other laws.

Telangana advocate general informed the court that the state government has taken necessary permission from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation for demolition.

The K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Government began razing to the ground the secretariat building complex on July 7, days after the high court dismissed a bunch of PILs challenging the state's decision to construct a new secretariat complex by demolishing the existing one.

After the high court cleared decks for the construction of the new secretariat, the demolition of the old secretariat building complex began and the foundation stone for the new one was laid on June 27, 2019.

The demolition of the buildings has been facing vehement protest from the opposition parties, and a report claiming damage to an adjacent mosque and a temple during the demolition process made the government task difficult.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao issued a public apology for the damage sustained by the two places of worship and assured bigger and better reconstruction of them (with inputs from agencies).

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