The move comes as yet another blow to chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's attempts to construct a "vaastu-compliant" secretariat.
In yet another blow to chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s plans 1 to build new secretariat and assembly complexes, the Telangana high court on Monday ordered the state government not to demolish the existing secretariat complex and the historic Errum Manzil Palace.
The high court was hearing a batch of petitions opposing the state government’s plans, it asked the government not to take any further action till further orders are issued.
In response to the petitions, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government sought 15 days time to file a counter affidavit. After the court ordered it not to take demolish any building until further directions are issued, the government is likely to file a counter later on Monday, The News Minutereported. Major opposition parties such as the BJP and the Congress have united to oppose the government’s plans, while several non-political groups have also opposed the move. They have branded the plans as a “waste of public money”.
- 1. Initially, Rao planned to construct a new secretariat at the 65-acre Government Chest Hospital in Erragadda. This heritage building, more than 100 years old, was also built during the Nizam’s era. As activists opposed its demolition, Rao started looking for alternatives.
The state government’s eyes then fell on the Bison Polo grounds in Secunderabad. The land is partly controlled by the defence ministry, and KCR met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the home and defence ministers in December 2018 to get their nod to transfer the land. Locals have also opposed this move, suggesting that the green cover provided by the vast grounds provide lung space to residents. This plan also looks to have been shelved, with the CM laying the foundation stone at the existing secretariat complex.
KCR’s drive to shift the secretariat complex is apparently because the existing one is “not vaastucompliant”. The new complex will right this, the CM has stated. His “vaastu advisor” has provided inputs on the construction of the new complex. He even avoided visiting the building for over two years because it had “vaastu dosham” (danger).