Rama Krishna Sangem
The Brand new grand secretariat of Telangana that is inaugurated on April 30 Sunday bears the signature of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) in style. As he said in his speech while opening this magnificent building, this new Secretariat is a symbol of reconstruction of Telangana, that was formed nine years ago in June 2014. “This grand secretariat is a symbol of pride of Telangana people,”he said.
The Rs 1,000 crore Secretariat that came up on the same premises of the old one has many features that indicate the mind of CM KCR. Right from its architectural splendor, the administrative complex built on an area of 28 acres was completed in a record 2 years time. But for Covid pandemic, this building would have been finished much before, as Roads and Buildings Minister V Prashant Reddy said.
The building with six floors and a built up area of 8.59 lakh sq ft is eco-friendly and got a gold rating in the green buildings coding. KCR who worked for sometime in the old Secretariat as transport minister in late 1990s, is well aware of its problems- congested rooms, blocks and jumbled style of offices – for example, IAS officers used to walk with files to their minister’s chambers. There was no proper parking for CM’s vehicles too.
State Secretariat which is the seat of administration should have functional convenience. Keeping in mind his experience as a minister and legislator for long, CM KCR personally designed this new one. Here, ministers and secretaries of each department sit at one place – on one floor. There are provisions for use of modern technologies for modern needs – like holding video conferences from every floor.
KCR left his indelible mark on this Secretariat, which is enviously compared with that of very few secretariats in India and with White House of the US, will be a landmark structure in Telangana. Kaleshwaram lift scheme, Yadadri temple, Police Command towers are some others of his inimitable style. “Rebuilding of Telangana is not just demolishing and building of a structure, it is redefining the way we run our affairs, reset our priorities,” said KCR in his speech.
A working Sunday!
True to his style, KCR made the new Secretariat come alive with work on a Sunday when it is inaugurated. All the ministers, secretaries and others who will work from here took their seats, occupied chambers and signed files, signalling that welfare takes importance in the days to come. Naming this Secretariat after Dr BR Ambedkar is a gesture of thanks giving for paving way for formation of Telangana state under Article 3.