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Telangana High Court directs State Government not to demolish Secretariat and Errum Manzil

The Telangana High Court ordered the state government not to demolish the existing buildings of the Secretariat and the Errum Manzil to build a new Secretariat and Assembly until further orders.

The court asked the government not to take any action till further orders after hearing to the petitions against the state government’s plans of constructing new Secretariat complex. The government had sought 15 days time to file its counter affidavit to the petitions.

Telangana government planned to build the new Secretariat complex at a cost of Rs 400 crore by demolishing existing structures near Hussain Sagar lake. The Assembly building will be constructed by razing Errum Manzil, which currently houses office of Roads and Buildings Department. Assembly building will be constructed at a cost Rs 100 crore.

However, opposition parties opposed the plans of government and they claimed that this would be the waste of public money as the existing buildings look strong.

Descendants of Nawab Fakrul Mulk, a noble of erstwhile Hyderabad State, have also opposed the plans to demolish Errum Manzil, a family palace built by him about 150 years ago.

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) team inspected the structure and said that Errum Manzil Palace in Hyderabad is structurally sound and urged authorities to conserve it. 

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on June 27 laid the foundation stone for both the buildings.

While the new Secretariat complex will be built at a cost of Rs 400 crore by demolishing existing structures near Hussain Sagar lake, the Assembly building will be constructed by razing Errum Manzil, which currently houses office of Roads and Buildings Department. Assembly building will be constructed at a cost Rs 100 crore.