With Telangana High Court allowing the state government to demolish old Secretariat complex and build a new Secreatariat in its place on Monday, June 30, 2020, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is gearing up to demolish the old Secretariat as soon as possible and begin construction of new Secretariat on the occasion of Dasara in October 2020.
A big debate is going on in political, bureaucratic and media circles over how much the new Secretariat would cost for the government.
Though KCR had earlier stated that it would cost around Rs 400 crore, the officials estimated the cost at Rs 800 crore since KCR wants an integrated Secretariat complex which houses all the commissionerates and directorates of various government departments at one place.
At present, these offices are running from different locations in Hyderabad causing inconvenience to people as well as staff and officials.
The demolition of old Secretariat and clearing of debris itself is expected to take 2 to 3 months as it has 10 huge buildings which need to be razed.
So, even in these tough financial condition due to corona, the KCR government is readying up to spend Rs 800 crore to build a world-class Secretariat, as per 'vastu norms', which KCR strongly believes and is cited as one of the major reasons for demolition of old Secretariat. KCR avoided old Secretariat and working from Pragathi Bhavan saying that old Secretariat has 'dangerous vastu defects'.