Kiran rejects suggestion to reschedule the 3-day event to be held in Tirupati

Avilala grounds at Tirupati, which turned slushy due to heavy downpour and with more rains predicted under the impact of a low pressure, has finally been ruled out as the venue for the prestigious fourth World Telugu Conference.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, however, rejected a suggestion to re-schedule the three-day conference to be held from December 27 to 29 to give more time for the organisers to make the sprawling grounds fit for organising the event. As President Pranab Mukherjee had given his time to inaugurate the conference and hundreds of overseas delegates have already made their travel plans, the Chief Minister insisted that the conference should be held as planned.

At a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister to review arrangements for the conference and take a call on the change of venue from Avilala grounds here on Thursday, officials said that the area was inspected by the R&B officials and others. They concluded that the inundated grounds located in the tank bed would not be dry enough and could not be considered for hosting the event which is scheduled in 20 days from now.

The officials suggested alternative venues including Arts College grounds, several auditoria at Tirupati, all located within five km distance from each other to organise seminars, meetings, exhibitions and cultural programmes. “Two or three alternative venues have been shortlisted and they will be finalised by Friday morning,” said R. V. Ramana Murthy, Chairman, Cultural Council.

Mr. Kiran Reddy directed officials to make all arrangements at the main and other venues to ensure that the delegates would not face any inconvenience. The main and other venues should be made rain-proof , he emphasised.

About 3,500 artistes and 3,700 delegates from outside the State and country have already registered to attend the conference. Telugu pundits, research scholars and general public were expected to turn out in huge numbers, officials informed. Official Language Commission Chairman M. Buddha Prasad and TTD Executive Officer L. V. Subramanyam said arrangements were in full swing and people were looking forward to the event thanks to the publicity campaign launched from village to district level.

  • ‘Alternative venues have been shortlisted and they will be finalised soon’

  • About 3,500 artistes and 3,700 delegates from outside the State and country already registered