The State Formation Day celebrations are likely to be held on the lawns of the historic Public Gardens following Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s concern over such public functions and celebrations causing inconvenience to the general public.

The Chief Minister, who held a high-level review meeting on the State Formation Day celebrations on June 2, urged the officials concerned to examine the possibility of organising Independence Day, Republic Day and State Formation Day celebrations in a place that would not cause any inconvenience to the people, and at the same time, facilitate such celebrations to be held in a grand manner.

“Suitable alternative venues should be explored to hold such celebrations with more facilities and in a pleasant atmosphere without any inconvenience to the public, students and also the police,” he said.

City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, who also participated in the discussion, suggested that the celebrations could be shifted from Parade Grounds, where such functions have been traditionally held, to the Public Garden Lawns opposite the Jubilee Hall. The idea found acceptance with everyone, particularly since both the Public Garden and Jubilee Hall have historical importance. The Public Garden lawn is likely to be the venue for all future celebrations.

The officials were also of the view that parades by the police and students could be done away with, a practice that most States had adopted. They also suggested that instead of limiting the celebrations to flag hoisting and the chief guest’s address, there could be an ‘At Home’, poets meet and awards presentation as part of the celebrations.

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