Hyderabad: Small chunks of plaster from the roof of a tower in the State Legislative Assembly building came apart on Tuesday afternoon creating a mild scare among the security personnel at the Assembly premises. No one was injured in the incident. The Assembly authorities also ruled out any major damage to the structure and termed the incident as minor and routine.
It was found that small chunks of lime and mortar mix had collapsed from the east side elevation of the Assembly building where Government Whip Rega Kantha Rao’ office is located. The debris fell in the garden area. Officials confirmed the incident, but ruled out any major damage. They stated that being a 100-year-old building, it was not uncommon for the need to carry out minor repairs and assured that the engineers concerned as well as experts are constantly monitoring the condition of the structure and also taking up repair works.
Responding to media reports, Assembly Secretary V Narasimhacharyulu issued a statement that the building was over 100 years old and was built with lime and mortar mix. He said it was natural for walls and ceilings of this building to become weak and falling of small chunks was not uncommon.
“The Engineering department of the State Legislative Assembly inspects all the buildings on the premises constantly, identifies such areas and carries out repairs regularly. The main structure as well as the adjacent buildings are all intact and pose no threat. We are always on high alert and repairing the old building,” Narasimhacharyulu said.
The Telangana Assembly building has a history of over 100 years. It’s construction began during the reign of Sixth Nizam Mahaboob Ali Khan in 1905 and was completed in December 1913. The building was made available during the tenure of the Seventh Nizam Mir Usman Ali Khan and was originally known as the Mahabubiya Town Hall. After Independence, the building was chosen to house the State Legislative Assembly.
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