This Article is From Oct 30, 2016

Chandrasekhar Rao To Build Vaastu-Compliant Telangana Secretariat

KCR has requested Governor to ask Andhra for blocks allotted to them at Secretariat post-bifurcation.

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is planning to build a vaastu-complaint secretariat as he believes that his predecessors, who have functioned out of the building, have failed to deliver.

"Definitely this Secretariat has bad Vaastu. History is proof that no one has prospered because of this. Let Telangana not suffer,'' the Chief Minister had said.

Vastu shastra is a traditional system of architecture, which literally translates to "science of architecture."

Critics say the Chief Minister is squandering Rs 100 crore of public money on this project.

The demolition of the old secretariat is likely to start after Diwali. The new building, to be designed by Hafiz Contractor, will house all departments according to vaastu specifications in the auspicious Karthika masam (month).

While some blocks like Saifabad Palace, built about 130 years ago by the Nizam, and served as Chief Minister NTR's office, are dilapidated and no longer in use but several other modern structures were built more recently at a cost of several crores.

Critics say he is squandering public money for a private belief. "Telangana Rashtra Samiti has only grown in strength from election to election. And Telangana has not faced any major problems that can be blamed on vaastu," says analyst K Nageswar.

Under the hammer will go Samatha, an iconic structure that served the office for Chandrababu Naidu, YSR, Rosaiah and Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Opposition parties say the Chief Minister cannot waste public money for his vaastu fetish. ''He can vaastu-correct his home and farm house, spending his money, not a public office, spending public money,'' says Congress' Shabbir Ali.  

KCR has in fact requested the Governor to ask Andhra Pradesh to hand over the blocks of over 2.25 acres allotted to them at the Secretariat post-bifurcation.

Chandrababu Naidu himself had spent 26 crore rupees on renovating his offices in Hyderabad. None of these offices is being used as all staff has been shifted to temporary offices near the new capital Amaravati.