TRS government to demolish NTR Gardens Hyderabad for Ambedkar Statue

NTR Gardens Hyderabad : The Telangana government is all set to demolish the NTR Gardens, a prime picnic spot in the heart of Hyderabad to make way for a 125ft statue of Dr BR Ambedkar.

A sub-committee led by Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari has proposed the new plan which will only spare the NTR Samadhi area. The sub-committee will oversee the Ambedkar statue installation at the site and the development of a park around it, reports Deccan Chronicle.

The Telangana government plans to spend Rs 70 crore on the Ambedkar statue which would need one acre land.

The entire redevelopment of NTR Gardens to accommodate the 125ft Ambedkar statue and a new park is expected to cost Rs 200-250 crore.

NTR Gardens Hyderabad

NTR Gardens Hyderabad. Photo courtesy of Mohammed Mubashir/Wikipedia.org.

Citing a senior official, the newspaper reported that around Rs 170 crore was spent by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority to develop NTR Gardens, which is a popular amusement park on the Necklace Road that sees thousands of visitors everyday.

NTR Gardens History | NTR Gardens Attractions

Talking about the NTR Gardens history, this Necklace Road picnic spot had come up during the tenure of Narra Chandrababu  Naidu in December 2001. As far as the NTR Gardens attractions goes, the amusement park includes a toy train station, a gaming area for kids, a massive water slide in the shape of a tree, Haunted House,  few eateries along with other attractions.

The popular Hyderabad picnic spot has affordable ticket prices unlike other private amusement parks in and around the twin cities. However, NTR Gardens is not that well-maintained and bears a poor image, particularly at the toy train station and the toilets.

One thing is sure, with the TRS government in charge, Telangana’s first ever Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is making sure to leave his stamp on the city by taking over the developments done by the previous CMs of the then Andhra Pradesh state. One of them being a proposal to demolish the age-old Secretariat and relocate it to a different place.

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