Hyderabad: The state government has at last decided to cough up Rs 1.68 crore to fulfil the wish of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for introducing a new fleet of Toyota Fortuner diesel cars on Thursday for his transport.
The ‘puja’ ceremony was conducted at his Camp Office in the morning and for the first time, the Chief Minister reached the Secretariat in his new convoy.
Two of the vehicles comprising of bullet proof cars have cost the state exchequer Rs 36 lakh each and four without bullet proofing have cost Rs 24 lakh each.
The six new Toyota vehicles have replaced Mahindra Scorpio cars.
After taking over as the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy had been placed in the Z category security.
Though his Cabinet Ministers were provided with Fortuner cars in January 2011, the Chief Minister continued to use Scorpios as the new cars were sent for bullet proofing.
Besides making the car bullet proof, they are also designed to ensure the occupants’ safety in case of any land mine blasts among others.
Former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy had replaced the Ambassador cars in his convoy by the bullet proof black Scorpios in 2007.
After the Maoist attack at Alipiri atop Tirumala hills, Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had received bullet proof cars in 2003.
After Dr YSR, his successor K Rosaiah continued travelling in the Scorpios though he did not come under any security risks like others.(INN)