Hyderabad: The TRS government has closed down the existing 70-year-old Secretariat complex here. The General Administration Department (GAD) officially closed the Secretariat on Sunday; with Saturday (September 29, 2019) being the last working day. The demolition works will begin soon. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has drawn up a new plan for the state administration. The new Secretariat is over-six-lakh-sq ft big and will be built at the cost of Rs 500 crore. It is scheduled to be operational by 2021.

GAD has directed all departments at the Secretariat complex to move to other government buildings located at different places. Majority of the departments have been relocated to BRK Bhavan. The keys of Secretariat main gates are with officials. “If any department wants to transport any leftover furniture, we’ll open gates,” said a senior official.

The existing Secretariat complex came into force in 1952, during Chief Minister Burgula Ramakrishna Rao’s regime. CM KCR has proposed to construct a modern Secretariat complex with all the amenities at the existing place. The Secretariat officials had already locked the gate used for the AP Secretariat after the formation of the new Telangana state.

While the CM office is at Hyderabad Metro Rail building at Rasoolpura, Industry Minister KT Rama Rao will be functioning from Municipal complex, AC Guards. The Telangana Chief Secretary is working from BRK Bhavan, and Finance Minister T Harish Rao will be working from Aranya Bhavan.

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