Heritage lovers in Hyderabad are up in arms against the Telangana government’s plans to demolish the 150-year Errum Manzil palace in the heart of the city for the construction of a new legislative assembly building complex, for which the foundation was laid on June 27.
Last week, the Telangana cabinet headed by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao decided to construct a massive state legislature complex modelled on the lines of Parliament House in New Delhi on the sprawling 17-acre site at an elevated location near Khairatabad at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
“Like in Parliament, there will be a central hall, which will have legislative assembly and legislative council on either side. There will be assembly secretariat and library on the premises which will be beautified with massive lawns and fountains,” the chief minister told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
While the plan appears to be grandiose, what triggered uproar among the heritage lovers was the government’s decision to demolish the existing Errum Manzil palace constructed by Nawab Fakhr-ul-Mulk, one of the nobles of the erstwhile Nizams, the rulers of Hyderabad state, in 1870.
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