Protesters claim that the move would kill off a crucial lung space in Secunderabad.

Telangana releases blueprint for new Secretariat at Bison Polo Ground but protests continue
news News Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 07:52

The Telangana government on Wednesday released a blueprint of the proposed new Secretariat building which will come up at the Bison Polo Ground in Secunderabad.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been looking at the land in Gymkhana Ground and Bison Polo Grounds, for constructing a 'vastu-compliant' Secretariat, Legislature and a cultural centre on the premises.

However, protesters claim that the move would kill off a crucial lung space in Secunderabad.  

Officials are planning to lay the foundation stone during the Dusshera festival. 

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Minister of Roads and Buildings Tummala Nageswara Rao said, “We have selected it after a large exercise. The location has good road and train connectivity. The general public can easily reach here from JBS and Secunderabad Railway Station. It is a historic decision that a Secretariat will have all facilities like a Prime Minister’s office. The new Secretariat building will become a role model for other states."

"More than 100 government offices are in private buildings and they are not easily accessed by the common man. Some are in the eastern part of the city and some in other places. All these offices will be shifted to the new Secretariat. It will be more convenient for the common man and we will save public money that goes on rents,” the Minister told DC.

The Times of India reported that the building was going to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3000 crore and would be three-stories tall. 

The building was designed by renowned architecture firm Hafeez Contractor.

“Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's chambers, his meeting hall and CMO on the top floor followed by the chief secretary's office on second floor. Other IAS officers will be on the first floor. A separate building will be constructed for ministers in the same premises," Tummala Nageswara Rao told TOI.

Protests continue 

The announcement by the state government came hours after the Telangana unit of the Congress visited the ground on Wednesday and held a protest.

“The CM appears to hate open spaces in the Twin Cities. He has come up with several proposals to turn the lung spaces into concrete jungles. The Congress will never allow this under any circumstances,” TPCC President Uttam Kumar Reddy was quoted as saying.

Former MP V Hanumantha Rao also said that there was no need for a new Secretariat, when the existing one was in perfect condition.

 

 

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