The petitioner accused the state of axing close 1,600 trees to make space for the meeting.

TRS is spending Telangana govt resources for public meet Hyd HC to hear PILImage: Wikimedia Commons/Cephas
news Controversy Friday, August 31, 2018 - 07:31

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Hyderabad High Court that questions the alleged spending of resources from the Telangana government's exchequer, for a massive meeting on September 2, being hosted by the ruling TRS in the state.

Advocate Pujari Sridhar, who moved the court, stated that there were other ways to 'highlight' the achievements of the government over the past four years and accused the state of axing close 1,600 trees to make space for the meeting. 

He asked the court to consider the effect of the meeting on the traffic in Hyderabad, highways across the state, and on the environment.

The matter is expected to come up for hearing on Friday.  

The TRS had earlier this week, said that it was all set to hold the 'mother of all meetings' at the outskirts of Hyderabad, to highlight the achievements of the state in the past four years, on September 2.

The event will take place at Pragathi Nivedana Sabha at Kondara Kalan and an area of 2,000 acres has been identified, to accommodate around 25 lakh people. 

Around 25,000 people are expected to arrive for the meeting from each constituency.  

The meeting venue, which abuts Hyderabad Outer Ring Road (ORR) and around 15 approach roads including one 200-feet road and four 100-feet roads are being laid to ensure faster movement.

When asked if government funds were being used for the meeting, TRS leader and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha had said, "The entire expenditure is borne by the party's funds. Even if the state government's services are used anywhere, we will pay them back from the party exchequer."

The TRS also said that the main dais could accommodate up to 600 people and 1,500 acres was also being developed with 16 parking lots, to accommodate 1 lakh vehicles.

Adequate care is being taken to construct toilets and set up drinking water counters and 5,000 volunteers are being trained to help law enforcement agencies to regulate and guide the people thronging the meeting, the TRS said.

The meeting is also being held amid speculations of early elections to the Telangana Legislative Assembly.


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