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KCR drops plan to shift Secretariat?

KCR drops plan to shift Secretariat?
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The Telangana government has reportedly shelved the proposal to shift the State Secretariat. Instead, it proposes to construct vastu compliant administrative towers by demolishing the Secretariat buildings now occupied by the AP government employees once they shifted to Amaravati.

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has reportedly shelved the proposal to shift the State Secretariat. Instead, it proposes to construct vastu compliant administrative towers by demolishing the Secretariat buildings now occupied by the AP government employees once they shifted to Amaravati.

The government which had at one point of time contemplated to shift the Secretariat to Chest Hospital premises is now understood to have decided to convert it into a multispeciality hospital.

Under the AP Reorgnisation Act, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has been allotted A, J, L and H blocks for administrative purpose in the Secretariat, while B, C and D blocks were given to the Telangana government.

Highly placed sources in the government told The Hans India that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had second thoughts on the shifting of the Secretariat after the news of the AP government planning to shift the whole administration to Amaravati by the end of this year.

Sources said that KCR discussed with the Roads and Buildings Department and has come up with two alternative proposals. One is to demolish all the buildings allotted to AP in the Secretariat and construct administrative towers on the lines the twin towers coming up for the Police Central Command in the city.

The other plan is to reconstruct all the administrative buildings in the Secretariat by demolishing all the present structures including the C block- the Telangana CMO office. Since the Secretariat is already a high security zone and required surveillance is also in place, officials said that there would be no need to incur additional expenditure for monitoring safety and security of the Secretariat.

It may be mentioned here that KCR had earlier contemplated to shift the Secretariat after the pundits and astrologers found ‘vastu defects’ in the present Secretariat complex immediately after he assumed office.

Since then, his government scouted for suitable places. The government also requested the Defence Ministry to allot Bison lands but it had turned down the plea. Then the government chose the Chest Hospital but that invited strong protests from the Opposition and heritage activists.

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