Hyderabad: The State government will bear complete expenditure and construct places of worship – a temple, a mosque and a church inside the new State Secretariat complex. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will lay foundation stone for all three religious structures on the same day soon after the Assembly session concludes, representing the Ganga Jamuna Tehzeeb of the State. They will be completed on a priority basis.
Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao made the announcement when a delegation of Muslim community elders led by Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali and AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, met him at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday. A temple and two mosques were damaged during the recent demolition of old buildings on the State Secretariat premises. It was decided to construct the religious structures at its full expense, with all facilities.
The State government will construct the temple in an area of 1,500 sq.feet, and hand it over to the Endowments department after its construction. Similarly, two mosques of each 750 sq.feet (total 1,500 sq.feet) including the Imam’s quarters will be constructed in their existing location and will be handed over to the Wakf Board after completing their construction. Following a request from the employees belonging to the Christian community, the government also decided to construct a church on the premises.
“Telangana State will treat all religions equally and will continue to practice religious tolerance. The State is a symbol of Ganga Jamuna Tehjeeb. Hence, new places of worship are constructed in the new secretariat for all the religions,” the Chief Minister declared.
Further, Chandrashekhar Rao assured to expedite the construction of Anees-ul-Gurbah, the institution which gives shelter to the orphaned Muslim children and gives them education. About 80 per cent of the construction works, have been completed so far and funds amounting to Rs 18 crore will be released for speedy completion of the remaining works. He also assured to put the works for construction of the proposed Islamic Centre on the fast track, as they got delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chief Minister also observed the need for burial places for the Muslim community in Hyderabad city and promised to develop them at different places in total 150-200 acres spread across the city. He stated that the District Collectors of Rangareddy and Medchal Malkajgiri have been instructed to identify necessary land in this regard. In the wake of damages caused to Ashurkhana at Narayanpet due to road widening, he instructed the District Collector concerned to identify required land and construct the Ashurkhana.
Chandrashekhar Rao pointed out that Urdu has been recognised as the second official language in Telangana State. He has decided to appoint an Urdu expert as the vice-chairman of the State Official Language Committee and conduct necessary programmes for protection and development of Urdu in the State.
Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali, AIMIM president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi, MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, All India Muslim Personal Law Board members Moulana Mufti Khaleel Ahmed, member Moulana Syed Qubul Badhshah Shettari, Moulana Raheemuddin Ansari and others participated in the meeting.
Earlier, the Muslim community leaders submitted a representation to the Chief Minister seeking reconstruction of the two mosques which were damaged during the demolition of the old buildings.
In an open letter, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad-Telangana unit members also sought recontruction of three temples which got damaged during the demolition works inside the Secretariat campus. They demanded that all three temples have historic significance and needed to be constructed at their existing locations. They urged the Chief Minister to convene a meeting with Hindu religious leaders and announce an action plan in this regard.
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