The Telangana government has started the demolition of the old secretariat building in Hyderabad which may be completed in next few days. The entire area around the secretariat was cordoned off and barricades were placed on roads as the police diverted traffic in view of the demolition work. The traffic regulations would continue for a few more days till the demolition is completed.
The state government started demolition work after the Telangana High Court dismissed a batch of PILs challenging the TRS government’s decision to construct the new complex after demolishing the existing structures. The move of the state government has come under criticism from opposition parties as well as heritage lovers. One of the structures in the complex, named as Sarvahita by then chief minister NT Rama Rao, was built in 1888 during the rule of Nizam VI Mir Mahaboob Ali Khan. However the building could not get a heritage tag due to a variety of reasons.
Unlike the present layout where offices are scattered over ten buildings, proposed new secretariat will have single building in rectangular shape which will accommodate all the offices. The new secretariat will be ten times bigger, in terms of built up area, than existing one while 80% of the space will be meant for greenery, landscaping, water fountain and open space. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 400 crore. Noted architect Hafeez Contractor will design the new secretariat.