Telangana: KCR all set to get new secretariat building

Governor ESL Narasimhan has ordered Andhra Pradesh to hand over Secretariat building to Telangana.

KCR a strong believer in vastu, astrology and numerology visited the current Secretariat only on a few occasions. He was told that the buildings suffered from “vastu dosha” , that is, perceived flaws according to vastu laws. (File photo: Mohammed Aleemuddin)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Governor ESL Narasimhan has ordered Andhra Pradesh to hand over secretariat building to Telangana
  • KCR is a strong believer in vastu, astrology and numerology; he visited the old secretariat only a few times
  • The existing buildings will be demolished and four modern buildings will be built instead

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan’s recent order handing over the Secretariat building occupied by Andhra Pradesh to Telangana has given fillip to K Chandrasekhar Rao’s dreams.

K Chandrasekhar Rao – popularly called KCR – is the chief minister of Telangana and has dreamt of a new Secretariat for the state.

KCR a strong believer in vastu, astrology and numerology visited the current Secretariat only on a few occasions. He was told that the buildings suffered from “vastu dosha” , that is, perceived flaws according to vastu laws.

During his first term KCR chose to run the government from his palatial bungalow-cum-camp office at Begumpet. He avoided visiting the old Secretariat as he was keen on building a new vastu-compliant state-of-the-art building.

KCR wanted to build his Secretariat by shifting a TB and chest hospital in the Erragadda area of Hyderabad but faced severe flak.

He then proposed to build his dream office at the historical Bison Polo and Gymkhana ground in Secunderabad. First a civic group went up in arms saying building on the polo ground would affect the environment.

Then the Ministry of Defence, which owns the 60-acre parcel of land, nixed the proposal. Various meetings with defence ministers Manohar Parrikar and Nirmala Sitharaman did not cut much ice. A meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi too did not yield any result.

So as both KCR and Modi begin their second innings the Telangana CM seems to have realised that getting land from the Centre would be difficult. So he has now decided to build his new office in the old Secretariat premises.

The current Secretariat has eight buildings spread over 25.5 acres of land and houses almost every department including the Chief Minister’s Office.

The chief minister has discussed some design aspects and according to it all the existing buildings will be demolished and four modern buildings will replace these. The new buildings will overlook a sprawling lawn and the famous Hussain Sagar Lake with the Buddha statue standing tall in the middle.

The new Secretariat will have up-to-date security features, a massive meeting hall and a huge parking bay. Sources say the cost of the new Secretariat is likely to cost over Rs 1,000 crore.

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