Telangana all set to get possession of old Assembly building

Process of handing over reaches final stages

June 22, 2019 12:07 pm | Updated 12:07 pm IST - HYDERABAD

A view of Assembly building in Hyderabad.

A view of Assembly building in Hyderabad.

The process of handing over of the old Assembly building, the iconic heritage structure of the Nizams’ rule in the heart of the city, to Telangana State has reached its final stages.

Following the request of the State Cabinet, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan issued proceedings asking the neighbouring State to handover the possession of the buildings, including the State secretariat, Assembly and others to the Telangana government.

Accordingly, a team of officials from AP led by Deputy Secretary Vijayraj arrived in the city on Thursday. The team, in association of the officials of the State Legislature, prepared an inventory of the material in the Assembly premises and documentation relating to handing over of the premises had also been completed.

“The process is in final stage of conclusion and we are hopeful of getting the possession of the Assembly building by tonight,” an official of the State Legislature told The Hindu .

The building was given to AP for housing its Legislative Assembly as part of the Reorganisation Act 2014.

The AP government too utilised the premises for few sessions, but the building is not in use ever since the neighbouring State constructed its new Assembly building at Amaravati.

The old building is one of the majestic buildings outside the actual palaces of the Nizams.

Located in Public Gardens, construction started in 1905 to mark the 40th birthday of the sixth Nizam Mir Mahboob Ali Khan.

The construction of the building was said to be completed in 1913 and structure was called diwan-e-aam, council of the people.

The building reflects fusion of two architectural styles -- Persian and Rajasthani -- and it was used as the Assembly of the united AP till early 1980s.

The new Assembly building was constructed in 1980 for accommodating the offices of the political parties as well as the State Ministers adjoining the heritage building and the architects chose to replicate the old model for the new building too.

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