KCR likely to realize his new Secretariat dream

  • Cabinet resolution given to Governor

Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has urged Governor ESL Narasimhan to hand over five building blocks in Secretariat allotted to AP to Telangana State to enable it to build a new Secretariat building in a year.

KCR called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan on Sunday and handed over a copy of the Cabinet resolution in this regard. As the TDP Government is said to have no objection to surrender the buildings, the Governor can take immediate steps to hand over the five blocks to the TS Government, he is learnt to have told Narasimhan. KCR closeted with the Governor for some time and reportedly sought to know about his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu’s response to his plea.

KCR and the Governor are said to have shared the views expressed by Chandrababu favouring a dialogue to sort out common problems, including the handing over of Secretariat blocks. With formal Cabinet approval and AP CM’s favourable nod, KCR seems to be on cloud nine. He can now move ahead with his plan to build a new Secretariat by demolishing the old buildings. The KCR Government is learnt to have offered required accommodation to the skeletal staff of AP Government at Gruhakalpa or some other place in Hyderabad.

Chandrababau has reportedly offered to give back the buildings on which he almost spent about Rs 25 crores for renovation during his stay here. Though Chandrababu as Chief Minister can make use of the offices in Secretariat and others in Hyderabad for 10 years as per AP Reorganisation Act, he had decided to move all departments to Velagapudi in Amaravathi to avoid a clash with the KCR Government in the wake of cash-for-vote scam. 

-NSS

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