Telangana HC nod for KCR’s dream new Rs.1200 crore secretariat project

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In a major victory for the Telangana Rahstra Samithi (TRS) government, the Telangana High Court on Monday gave the nod for the construction of a new secretariat by demolishing the existing structure at Saifabad in Hyderabad.

A division bench of Chief Justice Raghvender Singh Chauhan and Justice Abhishek Reddy rejected ten petitions filed by Congress leaders, conservationists and others saying that it was a cabinet decision, according to a report in Telangana Today. The petitioners had argued that move was a waste of public money.

The petitioners contended that there was no need for a secretariat complex as the existing building which housed the secretariat of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh had enough space as the administrative requirements of Telangana got drastically reduced following the bifurcation of the state.

Petitioners said that the government is wasting nearly Rs 1,000 crore for the construction of the new Secretariat building in place of the old. During the hearing, the counsel for the state said that the old secretariat building has no proper facilities and some of the buildings in the complex were even in a dilapidated condition.

Senior Counsel for petitioners Satyam Reddy requested the court to keep the judgment in abeyance to enable the petitioner file an appeal in the Apex Court. The bench rejected his plea.

This is a pet project of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhara Rao. He had mooted the proposal for an ultra-modern secretariat complex as soon as came at the helms of the new state. However, the high court had stayed the move in 2019 after many approached the court against the demolition of the present building, which is a heritage structure.

The chief minister has proposed a budget of Rs 1,200 crores for the construction of the new secretariat building. The new secretariat building will be spread over 25.5 acres with 10 blocks. The staff in the secretariat at Saifbad have already been shifted to a temporary secretariat building in BRKR Bhavan.

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