VISAKHAPATNAM : Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu declared open the Telugu Heritage Museum atop Kailasagiri hill in Visakhapatnam Thursday. They assured to allocate land to World Telugu Federation for constructing a similar museum in the new capital of Amaravathi.
The World Telugu Federation (WTF) and Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA) have jointly developed the Telugu Heritage Museum at a cost of `12.75 crore of which `7 crore were collected by the former through donations from philanthropists. The museum is equipped with a revolving seating platform to witness Telugu heritage through 48 important phases of its history during a 56-minute audio-visual programme.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister assured to allocate more land to the WTF adjacent to the new museum for construction of an open-air auditorium to organise cultural activities promoting Telugu language, culture and heritage. The government would also set up a governing body for development and maintenance of the museum in Visakhapatnam. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu appreciated the efforts for conserving Telugu heritage and culture and pass it on to the future generations through an audio-visual treat. He promised help from the Central government to develop the museum into a cultural hub. Ministers Ch Ayyanna Patrudu, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Parliament members K Haribabu and M Srinivasa Rao, MLC MVVS Murthy, WTF chairperson VL Indira Dutt, trustee Y Lakshmi Prasad, actor Sai Kumar, art director Thota Tharani, people’s representatives and officials were present.