On the second anniversary of Telangana’s formation, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao unfurled the second tallest national flag at Sanjeevaiah Park on Thursday. The government has spent nearly R3 crore on the project. The new state with 10 districts came into existence on June 2, 2014 as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
The tallest tri-colour is on a 293-foot pole, in Ranchi, Jharkhand. With approval for 291 ft height, the flag in Telangana has been made by the Flag Foundation of India in Mumbai, while a spare flag is being readied in Khammam district. AAI authorities in Hyderabad had earlier given permission for a 167-foot-high pole. However, on the request of the Telangana government, they had forwarded the application to the AAI headquarters in Delhi for the 303-foot pole. The flag itself is 72-foot high and 108-foot wide, while the flag in Ranchi is 66-foot high and 99-foot wide.
Delivering his speech, K Chandrasekhar Rao, also known as KCR, listed out several welfare schemes his government had initiated, including the flagship Mission Bhagiratha – aimed at providing tap water to every household— and Mission Kakatiya for restoring water tanks. He also announced the creation of 15 new districts by redrawing the boundaries of the existing 10 districts for better administration. The new districts will come into existence from Dasara.
He asserted that Telangana was marching towards a ‘Golden Telangana’ with his government’s welfare and development plans and vision. “All these years, Telangana had been exploited and the development was totally ignored by the rulers of the undivided state,” KCR said, adding that now the state is headed for a fast track development with total control on the resources. In the last 12 months, about 75 medium and mega projects and 396 state level projects apart from 1,623 district level projects were given approval by the government, creating as many as 1.2 lakh jobs, he added.
Soon the state will have uninterrupted power supply and irrigation to one crore acres by 2020, KCR said. Plans are afoot to make state number one in health, education and industrial development. He said IT will be expanded to district centers such as Warangal to evenly spread the development.
The chief minister has also requested the home ministry for an additional 50 IAS and IPS officials for the administration of the new districts. He also discussed issues related to the bifurcation of the state and urged the ministry to resolve the issues such as bifurcation of the state high court and distribution of staff between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana at the earliest.