Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday has set the ball rolling for construction of grand Secretariat and Legislative Assembly buildings with groundbreaking ceremonies.

-The new Rs 400 crore Secretariat buildings would come up in the existing complex housing several blocks, abutting the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake.

-KCR rarely visited the Secretariat since he became the Chief Minister of Telangana in 2014 and functioned from his official residence-cum-camp office due to 'Vaastu' reasons.

-The Chief Minister had earlier said the present Secretariat complex is congested which made it difficult for fire tenders to move in the event of a fire accident.

-Noting that the legislative council building is situated at a distance from the Assembly building in the existing complex, KCR recently said the path between them is in a zig-zag manner which made it difficult for the Chief Minister, ministers and others to move.

-KCR performed 'Bhumi Puja' for the construction of new Secretariat buildings -- which he earlier said would have five to six lakh sq ft space, near the D block in the complex in the presence of his cabinet colleagues and officials.

- Late he laid the foundation stone for a brand new Rs 100 crore Legislature buildings complex at the Errum Manzil complex, a Nizam era building, in the heart of the city.

-The descendants of late Nawab Fakhrul Mulk Bhahadur had earlier appealed to the Telangana government not to demolish the 19th century Errum Manzil palace here, built by the eminent Hyderabad nobleman, for the construction of the legislature complex.

-KCR has appointed a cabinet sub-committee headed by Roads and Buildings Minister V Prashant Reddy to study whether to demolish all existing buildings in the Secretariat or not.

-Noted architect Hafeez Contractor had submitted designs for construction of the Secretariat. Hafeez Contractor has proposed some designs and a design will be finalisd after discussion, Rao said. He informed that about Rs 400 crore will be needed for east-facing Secretariat, while Rs 100 crore will be needed new Assembly buildings at Erram Manjil area.

- The new secretariat compound will have fountains, lush green stretches and a rectangular building.

- The state government claims that in next ten months' time, Hyderabad will have two more new attractions apart from the famous Charminar. They will be the unique iconic state-of-the-art Secretariat building and the state Assembly and Legislative Council at one place in a 10-month time.

Special Chief Secretary to R&B department Sunil Sharma held a marathon meeting with the department officials to chalk out an action plan. Inviting global tenders to finalise the contract agency, demolition of the structures and shifting of the debris, designs of the new buildings and shifting of all offices to other places were the main challenges before the government.

Officials said that the R&B department will take up the responsibility of the addressing every task during the construction of the buildings.

According to the government estimates, the total cost of construction of the 100 per cent Vastu-compliant Secretariat and Assembly is Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore.

Andhra Pradesh last week handed over all the four blocks (in the Secretariat complex) which were under its control to the Telangana government paving way for the Telangana government 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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