Officials said the cause of the fire is being investigated. The new secretariat building, built at the cost of about Rs 650 crore, is built on the same land where the old joint secretariat of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was earlier.
New Delhi: A fire broke out in the secretariat complex of the Telangana government in the early hours of Friday. The fire started around 2:30 am and spread from the ground floor to the first and second floors. Fire tenders reached the spot and after two hours of struggle, the fire was brought under control. The new secretariat has not been inaugurated yet. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated it is going to do it on 17 February.
11 fire engines were sent to the spot to douse the fire. It is suspected that the fire broke out due to a short circuit. The fire is believed to have started from an air-conditioning wiring duct and spread to scrap material lying on the ground floor. Nagi Reddy, director general of the state fire department, personally supervised the firefighting operation.
Damage details not yet revealed
The information about the damage caused by the fire has not been revealed yet. Officials said the cause of the fire is being investigated. The new secretariat building, built at a cost of about Rs 650 crore, is built on the same land where the old joint secretariat of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was earlier. The state government has named the new secretariat complex as Dr.B. R. Named after Ambedkar. CM KCR had said that it reflects the pride of Telangana and will be a role model for other states.
CM KCR will inaugurate on February 17
As per the schedule announced last week, CM KCR will inaugurate the new secretariat building on February 17 between 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, an auspicious time suggested by Vedic pundits. The government recently announced that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M.K. Stalin, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, JDU National President Lalan Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Dr. B.K. Grandson Prakash Ambedkar as R Ambedkar's representative and other dignitaries will attend the inauguration ceremony.