Telangana High Court has held that the decision of the Council of Ministers to demolish Irrum Manzil was arbitrary and had set aside the same. The Telangana state government had all set to go ahead with its plan to build a new secretariat by demolishing Irrum Manzil along with some other buildings despite the opposition parties protesting against the proposed move. The assessment report on the building’s structural condition by INTACH had stated that the building requires minor attention and that its features are worthy of retention.
The state government had planned a new secretariat which will be ten times bigger, in terms of built up area, than existing one while 80% of the space will be meant for greenery, landscaping, water fountain and open space. The total cost of the project was estimated to be Rs 400 crore. Noted architect Hafeez Contractor was supposed to design the new secretariat.
After the high court struck down the state government’s decision to demolish Irrum Manzil, heritage experts called for repair and restoration of the structure. Over the years, these spaces have been compartmentalised to make way for small offices being used by government officials at present. Heritage experts now want the removal of temporary partitions to restore the palace to its original plan.
Heritage experts Irrum Manzil built around the year 1870 by Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk is located on top of a hillock off the Khairatabad – Panjagutta road. Built in the Indo-European Baroque style of architecture, during its heyday, the palace had over 150 rooms furnished with Louis XVI furniture, nine-hole golf course, polo ground, stable for horses and a dairy farm. The palace was full of stucco and ornamental works. The palace used to overlook the Hussain Sagar, but this view has now been blocked by other buildings.