The Telangana government wrote letters to as many as 15 architecture firms to submit designs for the new Secretariat complex. Out of 15 companies, nine responded to the State government.
The State government has, in principal, decided to demolish ten blocks of the existing Secretariat.
According to sources, some of the adjoining roads of BRK Bhavan may be closed for the regular traffic.
The offices located in BRR Bhavan were vacated on July 9 to facilitate the shifting of Secretariat departments to that location.
The Telangana High Court on Monday directed the State government not to demolish Errum Manzil building till further orders.
The moving of offices in the Secretariat finally began on Monday, with the General Administration Department packing up its files and furniture.
According to a petition, the existing secretariat buildings, consisting of eight blocks on 25 acres of prime land were being demolished despite having a life span of 30-55 years remaining.
Goshamahal MLA and BJP leader T Raja Singh said that his party would drive TRS out of Telangana for its “anti-people and minority appeasement” politics.
He compared the Congress leaders’ visit to the Secretariat complex to a ‘street play’.
Days after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid foundation for the new Secretariat building, the General Administration Department had devised plans for the moving of offices.
The minister recalled that State governments of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have constructed Assembly buildings in the recent past.
The bench directed the petitioners’ counsels to confine their arguments on the aspect of judiciary’s role in adjudicating the issues where the governments have taken policy decisions.
In his PIL, Revanth Reddy has urged the court to grant an interim stay on the demolitions since the existing buildings have structural stability and life spans of more than 50 years.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s plan to lay siege to the State Secretariat here, as part of their protest against the construction of a new Secretariat building, was foiled by the police.
BJP workers and MLC N Ramchander Rao were taken into custody as they attempted to stage a protest.