K Chandrashekar Rao had earlier turned down the tradition of hoisting the national flag in Parade ground, Secunderabad, by holding the Independence day function at the centuries old heritage structure, Golconda Fort. Now, he has chosen to work from the Saifabad Palace as it is set to be the office of Chief Minister of Telangana.
The building was in no use since a decade in the midst of fear of any casualty would be severe.
The Officials have estimated the renovation cost to Rs 20 Crore, while the estimation in 2008 was Rs 8 Crore.
The classical European style construction lies in the middle of the Secretariat. The unique features include grand semi-circular arches, imposing arched portico, Corinthian columns and high ceiling.