Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s ready-to-move in one-lakh square feet office-cum-residence is one of the first of its kind with conference room, mini-theatre and bulletproofed bathroom, all given the threat from maoists.
Reportedly, the the new home in Begumpet had been fitted with bullet-proof glass (ventilators and windows). And two bedrooms, the CM’s and that of his son K. T. Rama Rao (KTR), too have been fitted with the high-quality glass. All this has cost the exchequer Rs 36 crore and sprawls over eight acres.
However, this is on recommendations of state intelligence officials.
In a report of Times of India, it has been said that intelligence officials recommended the use of bullet-proof glasses as these rooms provide a line of sight and might be vulnerable to a sniper with a rifle. “One cannot take chances with the CM’s security. While planning the security cover of VIPs in particular, it is important to negate every possible threat option. This house is going to be the official bungalow, therefore, the extra money spent on security will not go waste,” a senior Telangana police officer told TOI.
It has been reported that Rao will be moving in his official residence on Thursday, as the previous residence reportedly had vastu issues following tragic death of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and was considered inauspicious since then.
Interestingly, there will be around 50 security personnel monitoring the camp office-cum-residence 24×7, many of them armed, including members of the Intelligence Security Wing (ISW) which take cares of VIP security. Their job is to watch over the CM’s palace every minute. Those hoping to step inside, as per security norms, will not just be thoroughly frisked but will also need to surrender their phones, watches and other metal objects before proceeding.