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Except temple, masjid; all the structures to be razed in Secretariat

The foundation stone for the new secretariat building is slated to be on June 27

Except temple, masjid; all the structures to be razed in Secretariat
The historic and iconic monument Errum Manzil would reportedly be demolished to make way for the construction of Telangana’s new assembly building. Photo:Laeeq

HYDERABAD: Except for the historical temple and the mosque constructed during the Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s regime, all the structures on the premises of the existing Secretariat complex will be finally razed for the construction of new State Legislative Assembly and Council complex.

KCR said since the Andhra Pradesh government had handed back the buildings at the secretariat to Telangana, the complex with 5-6 lakh square feet space will be built at a cost of Rs 400 crore.

The foundation stone for the new secretariat building is slated to be on June 27 and the authorities take up the job later because after June 27, since no there will be auspicious muhurats for a period of three months till July 2.

The Chief Minister also announced that the existing Assembly building will be preserved as heritage structure and a new legislature complex comprising legislative Assembly and legislative Council will be built at Errum Manzil at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

A decision to this effect was taken after a series of Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao with the Roads and Buildings (R&B) officials was held during the past few days.

Rao’s plan to raze Errum Manzil palace, historical monument built by Nawab Fakhrul Mulk in 1870 is drawing flak from different sections of the society.

An online petition has been initiated by the Fakhrul Mulk’s family in addition to a petition launched by INTACH. In a letter to Chief Minister KCR, the Nawab Fakhrul Mulk Bahadur Legal Heirs Association humbly beg to spare this magnificent monument from demolition.

in a letter dated 20 June,Secretary of the association Nawab Shafath Ali Khan wrote, “Legal heirs of Late Nawab Fakhrul Mulk Bahadur humbly beg to spare this magnificent structure the Errum Manzil Palace from demolition. Instead, kindly accord this landmark architecture as a heritage monument failing which an important milestone in the history of Hyderabad will be buried,” as per reports

“Errum Manzil is a historical monument wherein top British dignitaries including the Viceroy of India had visited the palace. It is also submitted that this beautiful structure is very much part of Hyderabad’s history, culture, and the heritage,” he said.

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