Telangana is celebrating its first anniversary today with colourful festivities in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the state. The week-long festivities began midnight with fireworks at 12 selected places in Hyderabad, which was illuminated to mark the occasion.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who too completes one year in office, started the day with a tribute at the Martyrs Memorial at the Gun Park in Hyderabad. Later, he unfurled the national flag and took a salute from a colourful parade at the main official function, held at the city's Parade Grounds.
Celebrations have been planned on a grand scale with the Telangana government reportedly sanctioning Rs 20 crore for the occasion.
Telangana, India's youngest state came into existence as 29th state in the country on this day last year after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
Various activities highlighting the culture, traditions, art and cuisine of the region will start alomh with “Jashn-e-Telangana” (Celebration of Telangana) will celebrate the unique Hyderabadi culture with emphasis on Urdu language.
Continuing his focus on the welfare of the weaker sections the chief minister will also distribute House documents to 15,000 families on the occasion.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of the state on the occasion, tweeting "My best wishes to the people of Telangana on the occasion of their Statehood Day. My best wishes for the State's development journey."