Prime Time Zone, Telangana Bureau: Environmental clearances have been granted for the new building of the Secretariat to be constructed by the State Government. The first approvals were granted on September 1, and new changes were made to the design, again requiring ‘revised permits’. The second approvals were granted by the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority on behalf of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests on September 25 with certain conditions. The state government had to obtain environmental clearances for the second time due to changes in the design.
The new secretariat building will be constructed on a total of 13 floors, including the lower ground floor and ground floor, 11 floors. The Kakatiya-Deccani style building covers an area of about 70,315 square meters. Approximately 45.95% of the total premises will be adequate for vehicle parking needs only. 1215 cars and 475 motorcycles can be parked simultaneously. The state government initially spent Rs. 400 crore, but after that it was Rs. 617 crores. Of this, one per cent (Rs 6.17 crore) should be spent on compensation for environmental damage, for which a separate spare account should be maintained.
The chairman and member secretary in the environmental clearances said the secretariat was using 3,520 square meters of land in the full tank level area for the building as it was close to the Hussain Sagar reservoir. Another 7,122 square meters of FTL area is said to be going for road expansion. A total of 1.13 lakh sq.m. The area has a green area of 11,605 sqm. (11.29%). In those permits, it was made clear to the Engineer-in-Chief of the Roads and Buildings Department that a sewerage treatment plant should be set up without discharging sewage.
The new secretariat building was designed by Chennai-based Oscar & Ponni and Shapoorji Pallonji won the contract to build the company. An official from the Roads and Buildings Department said ground clearance work had already been done and construction was yet to begin. The state government has handed over the responsibilities to a retired officer to oversee these works.