The ruling TRS party wants to build a new Secretariat at the Parade Ground, but it is facing stiff opposition.

Save Parade Ground campaign continues in Hyderabad protesters release black balloons
news News Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 07:46

The 'Save Parade Ground' campaign in Secunderabad continued on Tuesday morning, with more than 100 people releasing black balloons in the air.

The locals also held up placards that said 'Save Parade Ground' and 'Do Not Build Secretariat'.

This comes after reports that the ruling TRS party in Telangana has decided to build a new Secretariat at the Parade Ground, due to the 'vastu’ of the old building.

The issue was reportedly discussed last month, when Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

The group of visitors, which includes walkers, joggers and people who use the ground for exercising and sports, have decided to protest every day until the government changes its decision.

Meanwhile, the Congress also extended support to the movement.

According to the Times of India, Congress senior leader V Hanumantha Rao walked in at the neighbouring Gymkhana Ground and interacted with people, even as others raised slogans at Parade Ground.

“Hundreds of cricketers will lose their practice and no other ground in Secunderabad except Gymkhana is available to them to play sports. Government should withdraw the proposal," TOI quoted the Congress leader as saying.

However, speaking to The New Indian Express, TRS MLA G Sayanna from Secunderabad Cantonment said that the ground was the perfect place for the new secretariat and he “failed to understand the claims of these protesters, since the grounds are abruptly closed for civilian use by the Army whenever they want to.”

The MLA also told TNIE, “We don’t have full permission yet, but it is only a matter of time that we will be allowed to go ahead with this plan.”

The Parade Ground is currently under the control of the Local Military Authority (LMA) and can be handed over only once it gets approved by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi.

Last week, over 1,000 people had gathered at the ground and signed a signature protest. 

This was followed by a massive human chain connecting the two ends of the ground, on the next day.


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