In a surprise decision the Telangana government has decided to build a new secretariat complex for itself in the city on the pretext that the vastu of the existing secretariat buildings was not good.
It may be recalled that Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu had selected the fertile farmlands adjoining river Krishna for building the capital city in Guntur district citing the vastu reasons.
Telangana cabinet on Friday approved a proposal to build the new secretariat at Yerragadda by shifting the government TB and Chest Hospital, which was built by seventh Nizam of erstwhile Hyderabad state in a sparling 65-acre campus, to Vikarabad town some 70 kms from here.
Chief minister K Chandra Sekhara Rao said the new secretariat will also have residential quarters for ministers and officers and offices of all the heads of departments would also be located in the same premises. The new secretariat complex will be built at a cost of Rs 150 crore in a a year’s time, said Rao.
Though the chief minister is known for his vastu beliefs, some people suspect a bigger game plan behind the chief minister’s decision to move the secretariat out of the existing location.
The chief minister’s desire to build the sky scrapers around the historic Hussain Sagar lake was also stated to be one of the reasons behind this decision, according to some. However this will possible only if the AP government also chooses to move out.
Both the governments share the existing secretariat complex as Hyderabad remains as the joint capital of the two states for 10 years. People say that the Telangana government’s decision to vacate the existing facility will eventually force AP government to take a similar decision.
According to some unconfirmed reports, the government was considering a plan to slightly expand Hussain Sagar after turning it into a freshwater lake so that the proposed high rise structures will be surrounded by the water.