HYDERABAD: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will have a new swanky camp office cum residence with sprawling parking space and a palatial conference hall. The CM, along with his wife, laid the foundation stone for the new camp office amidst Vedic chants here Saturday.
In a simple ceremony attended by a handful of officials, KCR laid the foundation stone for the camp office, which will come up besides the existing Begumpet camp office. As per preliminary estimate, it will cost around `30 crore.
Though, the final design, cost and model is yet to be finalised, sources informed the new camp office will have ample space for the CM to conduct review meetings and to receive visitors.
As per the preliminary plans, the camp office will come up on a 8.9 acres land. The new camp office will be able to accommodate around 500 visitors at one go. It will also have video conferencing facility which would be linked with proposed Police Command Control Centre. Hitherto, the CMO is depending on MCRHRD and Hitex to conduct big review meetings, as the existing camp office doesn’t have required space. Even the Secretariat lacks space and facility to conduct big meetings.
If a visiting Chief Minister or any other VIP calls on the CM at the existing camp office, there is no ample space to park their vehicles. The parking space at the existing camp office can accommodate only the CM’s convoy. To construct the new camp office, the Roads and Buildings department demolished the swimming pool for IAS officers and also acquired some land from the IAS officers association premises.
The R&B department razed 10 IAS and IPS quarters and 24 quarters for peons at an expense of `67,33,698. With the demolition of the quarters, around 3-acres has been made available for new camp office.
Rao, initially, was not willing to move into the existing Begumpet camp office. Later, he abandoned the front portion of the camp office, known as visitors’ lounge and is using only the rear-side of the building. This is due to the advice given by the Vastu experts.
The new building will be constructed as per Vastu Sastra guidelines and ground breaking ceremony too was conducted on Sunday by the priests, who conducted Chandi Yagam for Rao. As per the initial plans, new camp office will have three blocks. One for the CM’s residence, one for meetings and the third for visitors.
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