The design is developed on a traditional lamp in the form of a diya, to symbolise eternal homage.

Telangana plans martyrs memorial at Hussain Sagar to honour those who died for stateImage: Twitter/KTRTRS
news News Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 10:39

To honour those who died in the agitation for a separate state, the Telangana government approved the construction of a 'martyrs memorial' along the Hussain Sagar in the heart of Hyderabad.

Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao, who is also Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's son, posted designs of the memorial on Twitter.

"To eternalise the sacrifices of hundreds of martyrs in Telangana statehood movement, @TelanganaCMO has approved martyrs memorial design. Coming up at the famous Hussain Sagar at the core of Hyderabad," he tweeted.

One of the images tweeted by the Minister stated that KCR expressed his desire to keep the sacrifice of martyrs in the Telangana movement eternal. Keeping this in mind, the design is developed on a traditional lamp in the form of a diya to symbolise eternal homage.

According to the design proposal, the structure will have three levels, with the third level opening up to the structure's roof.

As per the image tweeted by KTR, the structure would "maintain international standards by facilitating basic amenities for the visitors. Provisions will be made for a permanent museum, an audio-visual hall, a convention hall for holding memorial meetings, and a restaurant for the convenience of visitors.”

See the design below.

While many welcomed the state's decision, there were others who questioned it.

"While this design looks neat, how about the cleaning Hussain Sagar project, which is perhaps top priority compared to adding more monuments around it?" one user asked.

"Sir, instead of constructing this memorial, you could have provided some employment to their families. This is what I felt," another user said.

The roots of the struggle for separate statehood can be traced back to 1969, when agitation began in Telangana, rising from a student movement.

Telangana was formed on June 2, 2014, after years of political turmoil and protests which brought Hyderabad to a standstill, until the Centre caved into the demand.

The second phase of the agitation also saw many students indulging in self-immolation, for the cause of Telangana.  

In 2014, KCR told the Legislative Assembly that 369 students died in police firing during the movement in 1969, while about 1,200 people laid down their lives in the second phase of the agitation.