HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Race Club is set to gallop into history anytime soon. Chief minister Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday announced that the race course would be shifted from Malakpet and on its land, the government will build residential schools for children of minority communities.

It may be recalled that only recently commercial taxes minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav had said that the government had plans to take over the Hyderabad Race Club. Yadav made known the takeover plan following raids by his department on some of the HRC officials and recovery of Rs 51 lakh from six licensed bookies. The race course and its affiliated facilities are spread over 127 acres and the current market value of the land is believed to be about Rs 1,000 crore.

Addressing a meeting where he reviewed minority welfare measures with deputy chief minister Md Mahmood Ali and others at his office in the Secretariat, the chief minister further said the government would construct similar residential schools on the premises of the Chenchalguda jail, which too will be shifted to another location. According to the Chief Minister’s Office, Chandrasekhar Rao was of the opinion that in view of the presence of large number of children from the minority communities in the city, residential schools for them needed to be larger and would require more land and hence the decision to build them on the race course and Chenchalguda jail premises.

In all, the government plans to construct 60 residential schools for minorities in the state of which 30 would begin functioning from the next academic year. For the first year, these schools would function from rented premises and from the second year, move into their own buildings, the chief minister said.

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Source: TOI-Hyd