Several activists and members of opposition were arrested for protesting against the building.

CM KCR breaks ground for new vaastu-compliant Secretariat thatll cost Rs 400 crore
news Controversy Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 14:52

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new Secretariat and Assembly in Hyderabad. Though the state has a Secretariat and Assembly complex, KCR believes they are not "vaasthu-compliant" and decided to build two new complexes. The puja for the two buildings was conducted at the present Secretariat's ‘D’ block. The CM was accompanied by his son and TRS working president KTR, nephew Harish Rao, Home Minister Mahmood Ali, TRS parliamentary leader Keshava Rao and several other leaders. 

BJP MLA Raja Singh and several party leaders protested in Hyderabad alleging that public funds were unnecessarily wasted in constructing a new Secretariat and Assembly complex. They were later taken into preventive custody by the Telangana police. According to the BJP, at least 150 of their activists were detained by the police. Activists led by former BJP MLA of Khairtabad, Chintala Ramachandra Reddy who came to protest at the venue were also detained at the Secretariat.

KCR's decision to raze parts of the old Secretariat building situated near the Hussain Sagar lake and construct a 'vaasthu- compliant' new building at the same spot has invited much criticism. The new Assembly building, however will come up at Errum Manzil, after demolishing the heritage structure. The new Secretariat and new Assembly would be constructed at an estimated total cost of Rs 500 crores. Rs 400 crore for Secretariat and Rs 100 crore for Assembly.

Speaking to TNM, BJP leader Ramachander Rao, said, “What is the need for a new Secretariat and Assembly when the existing structures are in perfect condition? The CM is wasting public money for his extravaganza. The state of education and health in Telangana is in tatters. Rather than focusing on them, he is focused on wasting public money.”

Before N Ramachander Rao could lead a protest to the Secretariat, he was detained by the Tarnaka police at around 8 am. Similarly, Raja Singh was detained at Nampally. 

“The present Assembly building is a heritage structure which is in perfect condition, then why is the CM adamant on building a new structure?” Rao asked.

Several activists have opposed the decision of the government to demolish Errum Manzil which is a heritage structure, for the purpose. A Change.org petition has also been launched to prevent this.

 

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