Hyderabad: The Telangana High Court asked the state government whether it had fully constituted designated bodies like the Telangana State Heritage Committee and the Greater Hyderabad Heritage Committee.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy ordered the government to place GOs linked to the constitution of heritage committees.
The bench dealt with a petition from BJP leader Perala Shekar Rao complaining about the inaction of the state government and HMDA to stop the demolition of rock formations at Kokapet, Rajendranagar Mandal, covering Sy. Nos 239 and 240, near the Movie Towers.
Counsel for the petitioner argued that despite representations to protect the rock inscriptions, there had been no response from the government.
Counsel for HMDA argued that the rocks referred to by the petitioner were not heritage rocks. He said that originally 25 rock formations were identified as heritage rocks. If the rocks mentioned by the petitioner qualified as heritage, then HMDA was ready to protect them.
It was then that the court wanted to know the existence of the heritage committees and ordered the government to file the documents concerning them.