The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Thursday passed the decision to erect a memorial for late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.
YSR died in a helicopter crash on September 2 at Pavuralagutta inside the Nallamalla forests in Kurnool district
The memorial will come up near the crash site.
A sprawling Nature Interpretation Study Centre will be set up on 1,412-hectare land near Nallakaluva village at a cost of Rs 3.15 crore. A peacock-breeding centre has also been proposed.
All the 33 ministers, except housing minister Shilpa Mohan Reddy, attended the Cabinet meeting under the leadership of Chief Minster K Rosaiah.
This assumes significance, as earlier there were reports of a few ministers failing to attend review meetings conducted by Rosaiah.
The housing minister has been deputed to supervise preparations for a public meeting to be addressed by YSR’s son Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The proposal to set up the study centre was mooted by the forests department, information minister Geetha Reddy said. “It will be an unique monument in memory of the late chief minister,” she added.
A memorial pillar will be erected at the entrance, she said.
A 22-km trekking path from Nallakaluva village to Pavuralagutta has also been proposed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh.
The Cabinet also cleared a decision to set up a monument in Hyderabad in the late leader’s memory.
A Cabinet sub-committee with six ministers will look for a suitable location for the monument.
“The sub-committee has been asked to meet early and decide on the venue for setting up a memorial for YSR,” Shilpa Mohan Reddy said.
In another decision, the Cabinet has decided to bring in an ordinance to make laws more stringent to check growing incidents of acid attacks on women. It proposed to make such offences non-bailable.