Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: At its first full-fledged meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah here on Thursday, the Cabinet resolved to build two huge memorials for Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in Nallamala forest where he died in the helicopter crash at a cost of Rs 3.15 crore and another one in Hyderabad.

Another memorial would be built, subject to the family’s consent, in YSR’s Idupalapaya Estate in Kadapa district where he was buried.

Briefing reporters, Information Minister J. Geeta Reddy said the memorial planned at the crash site would be named ‘YSR Smruthi Vanam’ (YSR memorial garden).

It would be spread over 1,412 hectares in Nallamala reserve forest, starting from the path leading to the crash site on Pavuralagutta. The memorial would comprise two compartments, one at the starting point of the pathway with a ‘stupam’ (arch) and the other at the crash site where YSR’s body was found. The stupam, landscaping and other developments planned at this point would cost Rs. 85 lakh.

A Nature Interpretation Study Centre would also be established (Rs. 50 lakh) along with an animal breeding centre (Rs 50 lakh), covering peacocks and elephants, to begin with, as part of the Smruthi Vanam.

The Forest Department, which proposed the Vanam, would get all the necessary Central clearances to use the reserve forest for the purpose.

For the memorial in Hyderabad, a six-member Cabinet Committee headed by Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao will identify a suitable site.