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HC stalls Secretariat buildings demolition till July 13

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The Telangana High Court today  passed interim orders staying  the ongoing demolition of state Secretariat building complex  till Monday. A two judge panel  comprising the Chief Justice of the state Justice RS Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice B Vijayasen Reddy asked the state government to submit a detailed report on the issue  on Monday. The division bench passed these orders while dealing with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Vice President of Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Convenor of the Telangana Democratic Forum Professor P L Vishweshwar Rao and Dr. Cheruku Sudhkar against the demolition of the secretariat. 

The petitioner’s counsel,  while arguing the case, said the demolition decision was in violation of Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules 2016, Provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, Environment Protection Act 1986 and against the provisions of the Disaster Management Act 2005. He also said that the state government had not followed any  procedures prescribed by law  and no permission was obtained from the local authorities in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules.  He also said that there was a  possibility of the spread to the respiratory problems due to the demolition of the buildings among the residents of the neighbouring areas.  Rebutting  the arguments of the petitioners, the AG  opposed the grant of stay on the demolition drive by stating that that all necessary permissions were taken before taking up the drive.  In their petition, the two petitioners had said that that the demolition of the 10 blocks of the Secretariat building comprising  10 lakh sq.feet area for the construction of a new complex.

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