Telangana High Court halts demolition of old secretariat in Hyderabad
The Telangana High Court has stopped the demolition of the old secretariat building in Hyderabad. A PIL was filed seeking a stay on the government’s plan to demolish the building.
The petitioner said the buildings that are currently being demolished are in violation of the Covid-19 lockdown and will also result in pollution.
The high court stayed the demolition until Monday and asked the authorities to furnish the demolition plan and necessary approval from the state pollution control board and concerned municipal authorities.
It may be noted, however, that the demolition of two old mosques and an ancient temple at the old secretariat complex triggered an outrage.
While BJP lashed out at the TRS government for the temple demolition, scholars along with Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi condemned the demolition of two mosques.
On Friday the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his regret and pain over some inconvenience caused to the temple and Mosque in the Secretariat premises due to the demolition works taking place there.
The CM declared that in the new secretariat premises itself, a new temple and Mosque would be constructed in a more spacious site, at the government’s cost.
“The government has begun to construct a new secretariat building complex by demolishing the old buildings. I came to know that while demolishing the old buildings, a temple and 2 mosques adjacent to the old buildings were damaged. I felt sorry about the incident. It should not have happened,” said KCR.
“The government’s intention is to build a new complex by demolishing the old buildings without causing any damage to the temple or the mosque.”
He announced that while he will soon meet religious scholars of both communities over the incident, the government will construct a temple and mosque in the secretariat premises in a more spacious way, even if it costs more.
‘’We will construct the temple and mosque and hand them over the people concerned,” KCR added.