The Telangana High Court (HC) has issued a stay order on the demolition of Errum-Manzil contemplated by the Telangana State government in order to make space for its new secretariat and legislature on Monday. Telangana government sought 15 days time to file an affidavit in this regard.
Hearing a batch of petitions filed against the demolition of the structure by various political and apolitical groups the Division bench of Telangana High Court comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Shameem Akhtar stayed the decision of the state government.
State government was planning to construct a new secretariat complex by demolishing the existing buildings. The government was also planning to raze down the centuries old Errum Manzil to make space for the new secretariat complex.
The ruling government’s decision came under severe criticism from different quarters and a number of petitions were filed against the move. TRS government faced huge backlash for wasting public money.
In fact, the opposition parties’ including congress and BJP joined hands in Telangana to oppose the initiative of ruling TRS party to build a new secretariat.
Errum Manzil or Iram Manzil is an expansive palace standing in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was built around the year 1870 by Nawab SAfdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk, a nobleman of Hyderabad State. It is located on top of a hillock off the Khairatabad – Panjagutta road.
Telangana government plans to build new “vaasthu compliant” secretariat buildings at a cost of Rs 500 crore. The existing secretariat buildings comprise of 10 blocks spread over 2.5 acres in the heart of the city of Hyderabad.
In June, KCR laid foundation stone for the new secretariat building at a cost of 400 crore spread over 7 lakh square feet Errum Manzil complex, a Nizam era building, in the heart of the city.
The move of the Telangana High Court is a viewed as a progressive step towards conservation of the heritage structures.