Red carpet welcome for WTC delegates in Hyderabad

Besides literary, cultural and art giants from two Telugu States, KCR wants Gnanapeeth awardees from 13 languages to be invited.

By Author   |   Published: 12th Dec 2017   12:26 am Updated: 12th Dec 2017   12:27 am

Hyderabad: Hyderabad will play the perfect host to about 8,000 delegates expected to attend the World Telugu Conference (WTC) scheduled to be held here from December 15 to 19. Besides inviting scores of literary, cultural and art giants from the two Telugu States, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday asked officials to invite Gnanapeeth awardees from 13 languages and arrange for their felicitation to acknowledge their contribution to language and culture.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will be the chief guest at the inaugural function to be held at LB Stadium on December 15. Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, ESL Narasimhan, would be special guests. President Ram Nath Kovind will be the chief guest for the valedictory ceremony.

During a marathon meeting on preparations for WTC at Pragati Bhavan here, the Chief Minister urged officials to take utmost care in organising inaugural and valedictory programmes. He asked them to adhere to prescribed schedule and ensure that programmes were conducted without any hassles. A fire-cracker show would be organised to coincide with the Vice President’s formal announcement marking the beginning of the conference.

CM’s diktat

Chandrashekhar Rao reiterated that delegates for the event should be given complete attention and at the same time, general public should not be put to any inconvenience. He stated that all are invited to attend WTC. “Every connoisseur of literature and language should get a message that anybody wishing to attend the conference is welcome,” he said. Special enclosures should be arranged for foreign delegates, delegates from other States, registered delegates, women, people participating in the programme, ministers and public representatives and the media for the inaugural and valedictory programmes, he said.

The Chief Minister instructed that the WTC should highlight Telugu language and literature in tune with its name besides organising cultural programmes at all venues during the entire five days. He suggested deployment of a special team for each venue to oversee arrangements, including accommodation, food, logistics and other help to delegates. As per his instructions, transport arrangements are being made for delegates to visit several venues in the morning and reach the main venue at LB Stadium by the evening. Officials have been assigned to ascertain preferences of delegates to make transport arrangements accordingly. He wanted screening of a documentary on Telangana every evening and introduction of the artistes, artists, and programmes at LB Stadium.

Traffic management

Hyderabad City Police were instructed to ensure proper traffic management to deal with heavy turnout of Telugu lovers besides arranging adequate parking in the vicinity. Food courts would be set up on a large scale, while cultural programmes would showcase greatness of Telangana State. The district collectors were asked to organise free travel and food facility for Telugu Pandits, teachers, members of literary organisations and literature lovers. Such facilities should also be provided for those attending the WTC from the neighbouring districts.

Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, Ministers T Harish Rao, Tummala Nageswara Rao, Azmeera Chandulal, Chief Secretary SP Singh, Government’s Advisors Anurag Sharma and KV Ramanachary, State’s Special Representative in Delhi Venugopalachary, Samskruthika Sarathi Chairman Rasamayi Balkishan, MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Mining Corporation Chairman Seri Subhash Reddy, Sahitya Akademi Chairman Nandini Siddha Reddy, Cultural Affairs Director Mamidi Harikrishna, Official Language Commission Chairman Devulapalli Prabhakar Rao, Grandhalaya Samstha Chairman Ayachitam Sridhar, Telugu University Vice Chancellor SV Satyanarayana, CMO OSD Desapathy Srinivas, Tourism Secretary Burra Venkatesham, Principal Secretary Sunil Sharma, DGP Mahender Reddy, GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy, HMDA Commissioner Chiranjeevulu, and Collectors of Hyderabad, Rangareddy and Medchal-Malkajgiri participated.