Telangana government last week approved the report of the cabinet sub-committee headed by roads and buildings (R&B) minster V Prashanth Reddy on the construction of a new state-of-the-art secretariat complex in the city. The chief minister had constituted the cabinet sub-committee on June 23rd to look into matters including the selection of design of the new secretariat. A technical committee with four engineers-in-chief of various departments including roads and buildings department was also constituted to examine the two options before the government: Making alterations/additions to existing facilities or construct a new complex.
The committee in its report had recommended against bringing alterations to the existing structures and instead had suggested the construction of a new complex complying with fire safety, National Building Code of India and Indian Green Building Council norms and befitting the stature of Telangana.
According to the technical committee it was not feasible to make eight blocks in the present complex fire safety compliant as they cannot be accessed by fire tender. Also, it was observed that in the old structure there was no meeting hall catering to more than 150 persons. A meeting hall of a minimum 500 capacity was required in view of addition of a larger number of districts when their officials were to attend meetings. There was no grand foyer or a reception area. There were no facilities like creche, dining rooms for staff and waiting rooms for visitors.
An important feature missing was security for VIPs and VVIPs. There was only entry/exit to the premises which made it difficult for police to provide fool proof security to them. There was only one entry in most of the individual blocks also.