Won’t demolish secretariat for two weeks: Telangana govt to HC

The PIL alleged that government's plan involved demolition of heritage structures and it was a wasteful expenditure.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: November 1, 2016 9:17 pm
telengan-759 Telangana government is considering construction of a new secretariat. (Google Maps)

The Hyderabad High Court Tuesday adjourned a PIL questioning the Telangana government’s proposal to demolish the existing secretariat buildings to construct a new complex. The court gave the government two weeks to file a counter-affidavit in the case. Advocate General K Ramakrishna Reddi gave an undertaking that the government would not demolish the secretariat for two weeks while requesting the court to grant two weeks’ time to file affidavit. The court recorded the undertaking and adjourned the matter.

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The PIL alleged that government’s plan involved demolition of heritage structures and it was a wasteful expenditure.

Telangana government is considering construction of a new secretariat. The ‘Vastu-defects’ in the existing complex was reportedly the reason for seeking to construct a new one.

TRS government in the state has come under flak from the Opposition over the proposal.

“The Chief Minister had constructed a new residence-cum-camp office for himself by spending nearly Rs 37 crore from the public exchequer. Now he wants to build a new secretariat by spending a whopping Rs 350 crore from tax payers’ money.

“Ours is a democratic and secular country and no one is allowed to impose his personal likes or dislikes on the people,” Opposition Leader (Congress) in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said in a letter to the Governor a few days ago.

Shabbir urged the Governor to stop the demolition of the existing Secretariat building.

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  1. Z
    Nov 2, 2016 at 11:11 am
    It is ironical that TS govt. believing the vastu directives in favor of “form follows function” idiom which is the main basis of architectural science and is nonpartisan in all ways of life. Since the last couple of decades, the vastu business has flourished in Hyderabad city with too many vastu quacks in the fray to usurp its lucrative markets. It has not even spared the urban development which has taken the most of the toll!! Many important roads and streets are now lined with new public/private buildings which do not follow any one architectural standards and zonal laws. Many of them follow different orientations!! It shows that many vastu quaks were skimming with the results the street-perspectives are totally contradictory science of urban design. The TRS govt should consider the matter and set up a technical committee of qualified (non-vastu aspirants) team of architects and urban designers and publish the urban development standards for all to follow. In absence of such uniform standards will corrupt the future of the state, otherwise Hyderabad was more in line of urban design science of architecture giving the city a definitive urban character which famous during all its history. I am sure sanity will prevail and the business of vastu quack-run system removed giving the city another chance to grow and match with the earlier Nizams buildings which are still the main stay of the Hyderabad architectural horizon. Jai Hind