Hyderabad: With the signing of a lease agreement between US Consul General Katherine Dhanani and Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation Director BR Meena on Friday, the decks have been cleared for the construction of a permanent US Consulate General at Gachchibowli in Hyderabad soon.
The permanent Consulate will come up on a 12 acre plot in the financial area of Gachchibowli. The agreement was signed in the presence of Chief Secretary SV Prasad.
Presently, the US Consulate General operates from the historic Paigah Palace building in Begumpet.
Terming the agreement as an ‘important milestone’, Consul General Katherine Dhanani said the establishment of a permanent facility would strengthen the relationships between Indians and Americans.
“As President Obama has said, and Hillary Clinton repeated in Delhi this past week, the relationship between India and the United States will be a defining partnership in the 21st century. We see our presence in Hyderabad as a strong sign of this enduring friendship.”
Chief Secretary SV Prasad welcomed the agreement and the continuing commitment of the United States in Hyderabad.
“There has always been a significant association between people of Andhra Pradesh and United States,” he said. “This is an important cornerstone in the relationship between the two nations. A consulate helps us achieve and maintain this relationship.”
Upon today’s signing of the agreement, a series of site surveys and inspections will be conducted in preparation for the signing of a lease deed.(INN)