Chief Minister inspects damage caused due to fire on August 31
HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has assured Chief Justice of AP High Court Anil R. Dave that the government would provide 150 acres for construction of a new building for the High Court.
Mr. Rosaiah held discussions with the Chief Justice when he visited the High Court to inspect the damage to the building in a fire on August 31 which left a large portion of the heritage structure in the median unsafe for use. He promised that the government would repair and renovate the damaged portion and create temporary accommodation for the High Court till its new complex was completed. Later, Law Minister M. Venkatarama Rao who accompanied Mr. Rosaiah also told officials that the government would take an appropriate stand on locating the High Court at a convenient place shortly.
The Minister said the government was seized of the security and safety concerns of the High Court after the fire. He added that the judges and the bar association of the High Court had sought 150 acres to house permanent structures not only for the courts, but also the residential complex for judges and facilities for the bar. He said the High Court building suffered a loss of Rs. 2.5 crore in the fire. Chief Secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy, Advocate General D.V. Sitharam Murthy, Hyderabad Collector Naveen Mittal, City Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao and Director General of Fire Services Aruna Bahuguna were present.
The media was not allowed entry into the premises. The Law Minister had a heated argument with High Court Registrar (Protocol) E. Uma Maheswara Rao who expressed helplessness as he was instructed by the Chief Justice not to entertain the media since the building was in a precarious condition.