Hyderabad, Jul 7: Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President Capt N Uttam Kumar Reddy, MP on Sunday said that the present buildings of Secretariat and Assembly were perfect for utilisation for several decades and there was absolutely no need to demolish them for replacement with new structures.
Speaking at the All Party Round Table conference organised by former MP G Vivek, Mr Reddy said that the Congress party opposed the construction of new Secretariat and Assembly on the single ground as it was a huge wastage of public money. He said new complexes for Secretariat and Assembly were not needed as the present buildings could be used for several decades.
"I had served as MLA for 5 consecutive terms and I'm quite familiar with the Assembly premises. I've seen Assembly buildings of many States and now I'm attending Parliament as MP. In my opinion, the present Assembly, both in functioning and aesthetics is on par, if not better than the Parliament. In fact, the sitting arrangements and in many other areas, the Assembly is very well designed and perfect for the purpose. Earlier, it was used by 294 MLAs and the same complex was used simultaneously for Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States. There is sufficient office space for everybody," Mr Reddy said.
Mr Reddy said that the proposal to construct a new Assembly complex was completely unjustified. "For what purpose a new Assembly is needed? For whom and why it is needed? I think Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao or anybody on behalf of the government has given any justification. Not even once they gave the reasons for shifting the Assembly," he said.
Similarly, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that there was absolutely no reason to demolish the Secretariat and build a new structure at the same place. He recalled that he had served as a minister in Kiran Kumar Reddy Cabinet and functioned from the 7th floor in J-Block. Despite being old, J-Block is in perfect shape. There are other blocks which are quite new. Almost all the blocks can be used for another 50-70 years, he said. (UNI)