This is reported to be the biggest and most expensive residence of a CM in India

Telangana CM KCR moves into bullet-proof vastu-compliant multi-crore bungalow
news Politics Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12:47

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday entered his new official residence, reported to be the biggest and most expensive residence of any chief minister in the country.

Accompanied by his wife Shobha Rao, son KT Rama Rao, a cabinet minister and other family members, the Chief Minister stepped into the house at 5:22 am, amid the chanting of Vedic hymns by a group of priests.

The new complex spread over 10 acres of land and with about one lakh square feet of built-up space comes close to the existing camp office-cum-residence of the Chief Minister in Begumpet.

According to reports, though the house was originally estimated to cost a little over Rs 30 crore, the final bill stands close to Rs 50 crore.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, and his wife participated in "Sudarshana Yagnam" conducted under the supervision of seer Chinna Jeeyar Swamy.

As part of the "Griha pravesh" (House warming ceremony), the couple performed "Daiva Pravesam", "Yati Pravesam", "Go pravesam" and "Pravesam" (formally entering) ceremonies as per the holy scriptures.



Governor ESL Narasimhan, his wife Vimala Narasimhan, KCR's daughter and MP K Kavitha, nephew and state minister Harish Rao and state ministers and top officials attended the ceremony.

The complex named "Pragathi Bhavan" comprises the CM's residence, office, conference hall and the two existing buildings.

 

This comes a day after the state told a team from the Centre that revenues were likely to come down by nearly Rs 3,000 crore for the state, as a result of demonetisation.

Spread over 9 acres, the bungalow has bullet proof windows, a mini-auditorium, a large office space and is guarded like a fortress.

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KCR is already known to enjoy Z+ security status when he travels, whether it is in his many bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser Prados, or his luxury bus worth Rs 5 crore, manufactured by Mercedes Benz.

The chief minister, who is also a strong believer in ‘Vastu’, had demolished an existing IAS officers’ association building at the spot, for his new vastu compliant home.

KCR had reluctantly moved into the existing camp office after removing “defects” that weren’t ‘vaastu’ compliant.

The ‘vastu’ advisors of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief had advised him against occupying the existing camp office built in 2004 by then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy at a cost of Rs 8.10 crore.

KCR considered the building "inauspicious" as Rajasekhara Reddy had reportedly moved in without performing rituals and he died in a helicopter crash a few months after returning to power in 2009. 

His successor K Rosaiah also could not complete the term while Kiran Kumar Reddy faced a turbulent time as the last chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

The Telangana CM had been using only the residential part of the complex both as residence and office but never used the camp office. 

 

 

Inputs IANS

 

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