NTR Gardens

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NTR Memorial.jpg
N.T.Rama Rao's Memorial At NTR Gardens
TypeUrban park
LocationHussain Sagar, Hyderabad
Coordinates17°24′36″N 78°28′20″E / 17.410°N 78.4722°E / 17.410; 78.4722 (NTR Gardens)Coordinates: 17°24′36″N 78°28′20″E / 17.410°N 78.4722°E / 17.410; 78.4722 (NTR Gardens)
Area55 acres (22 ha)
Created15 December 2001[1]
Operated byBuddha Purnima Project Authority
StatusOpen all year

NTR Gardens is a small public, urban park of 36 acres (0.15 km2; 0.056 sq mi) adjacent to Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad, India. It is named after the former Chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. T. Rama Rao. Constructed in several phases since 1999, the area that is predominantly a park is geographically located in the centre of the city, and is close to other tourist attractions such as Birla Mandir, Necklace Road and Lumbini Park. It is maintained by the Buddha Purnima Project Authority that functions under the directives of the Government of Telangana.



The NTR Gardens is among the gardens in the vicinity of Hussain Sagar lake serving as a recreation park.

In 1999, a land of 5 acres (20,000 m2) from a 55-acre (220,000 m2) plot was utilized for erecting a memorial for N. T. Rama Rao, the former Chief Minister of unbifurcated Andhra Pradesh. It was inaugurated by N. Chandrababu Naidu.[3] It was planned to further expand this area, which has since been referred to as NTR Gardens, by constructing a museum about N. T. Rama Rao. This memorial was a part of the Buddha Purnima Project that was being handled by Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA) for the beautification and development of the Hussain Sagar lake and its surroundings as a major tourist attraction.[3]

NTR garden. Hyderabad.jpg

In 2000, the Government of Andhra Pradesh expressed its plans to develop this area with several projects such the NTR Gardens itself, a rock garden and an IMAX theatre.[4] Few days later, a government official firstly said that the rock garden will be taken up by Dubai-based NRIs at a cost of Rs. 27 crores. Secondly the IMAX theatre project, which was said to cost Rs. 52 crore was allotted to a private firm. Both these projects were to be executed in the same 55-acre (220,000 m2) plot which housed the memorial.[5]


Blooming flowers at the gardens.

Upon the beginning of work at these gardens in January 2000, a petition by two non-profit organizations sought an immediate stoppage of construction activity at the gardens. They contended that regulations showed the area around the lake as a recreation zone which must be kept away from all constructions for commercial or residential purposes. Since they claimed that these proposed projects violated all these, they sought a public hearing and an environment impact assessment before allowing these projects to continue. Accordingly, the local apex court instructed the authorities to stop the construction until further orders.[6]

A media report suggested that according to the 1980 HUDA Master Plan, the area where the NTR Gardens are located originally was a water body, but a gazetted notification in 1994 could allow such construction activities.[7]


In 2001, the extensive work at 34 acres (140,000 m2) of gardens was completed at a cost of Rs. 40 crores.[8][9] Besides a variety of plants, the gardens also house a souvenir complex, a visitors train, restaurants and a waterfall.

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  1. ^ "Public can visit NTR garden from Dec. 25". The Hindu. 19 December 2001. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Record number visit NTR Gardens". The Hindu. 3 January 2007. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Row erupts over NTR Memorial". Press Trust of India. The Indian Express. 31 May 1999. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  4. ^ Kumar V., Rishi (30 November 1999). "AP initiates move to develop Cyberabad". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  5. ^ Gopal J., Nanda (4 December 1999). "AP hopeful of Rs 10,000-cr pvt funds in tourism projects". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  6. ^ Venkateshwarlu, J. (25 January 2001). "Work on at NTR Gardens despite court orders". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Downtown's uphill task". Times News Network. The Economic Times. 22 September 2002. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  8. ^ "NTR Gardens floor foreign delegates". The Hindu. 1 July 2004. Archived from the original on 12 July 2004. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  9. ^ "NTR Gardens closed for peeping Toms". Times News Network. Times of India. 8 December 2001. Retrieved 18 August 2008.

External links[edit]

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