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KCR to lay foundation stone for new secretariat, Assembly


Press Trust of India Hyderabad
: Preparations are on in full swing for the foundation stone laying ceremony for new secretariat of Telangana here at the existing location, officials said Wednesday.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will lay the foundation on Thursday for the apex administrative set up followed by the new integrated Assembly complex.
Once the designs are finalised some of the old buildings located in the existing secretariat will be demolished on the basis ofrequirement, officials said.
"The foundation stone for the new secretariat will be laid next to the D Block in the morning by the Chief Minister. After that he will lay foundation stone for the Assembly complex," they said.
The Telangana Cabinet has appointed a Group of Ministers headed by Road and Buildings Minister V Prashanth Reddy for the construction of new secretariat and Assembly complexes.
Barring a couple of occasions, it was almost four years since KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, a believer of Vaastu, visited the present secretariat.
Rao recently said it was being examined whether all the structures in the existing complex should demolished to "sync" the new buildings.
The State Roads and Building department is tasked with executing the construction of the secretariat as well as Assembly buildings.
The Cabinet had endorsed the final decision-making choice on the building designs to the Chief Minister.
The KCR government also indicated that the new secretariat which would come up in about four lakh sq-ft would cost around Rs 400 crore.
The proposed new Legislature (Assembly) complex which will be coming up at Errum Manzil will house the Assembly, Council Halls, Central Halls, and is expected to cost around Rs 100 crore, sources indicated.
Andhra Pradesh last week completed handing over all the four blocks which were under its control to the Chandrasekhar Rao-led government paving way for the Telangana dispensation to construct a new Secretariat.
The AP government was allotted four blocks in the secretariat complex here after bifurcation of the state in 2014, as Hyderabad was made common capital for both the states for a period not exceeding 10 years.
The Telangana government is in the process of identifying office space for accommodating staff during the construction of a new secretariat complex.

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First Published: Jun 26 2019 | 7:45 PM IST

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