The Sunday-Funday event will be back on Tank Bund from August 14, after an eight-month break. Asked by a Twitter user during his #AskKTR session, IT Minister K T Rama Rao announced the news.
The Sunday-Funday was launched at the Tank Bund in August 2021 but was canceled due to the growing threat of Omicron, a variant of Covid-19. KTR had instructed officials in August 2021 to make Tank Bund traffic-free during evening hours on Sundays so that citizens could enjoy the evening on the lake’s banks.
After launching on August 29, the program became an instant hit as thousands of families flocked to the site
Chief secretary Somesh Kumar explained why the event was canceled, “This is to avoid any avoidable social activities that would lead to increased exposure and contact”.
In August 2021, Telangana minister for municipal administration and urban development K T Rama Rao directed officials to make Tank Bund traffic-free on Sunday evenings so that citizens could enjoy the evening on the banks.
On the minister’s advice, arts and crafts, music, and other activities were later added.
Charminar Sunday-Funday 2.0
There was also a similar program launched at the historic Charminar. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi requested the decision. ‘Ek shaam Charminar ke naam’ was the name of the event.
During the event, there were cultural, arts, and crafts activities between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Originally, hundreds of trips from various locations were pressed into service by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation to ensure a smooth Sunday Funday at Charminar.
Similarly, 75 trips were planned from Jahangir Pir Dargah to Charminar, Maheshwaram to Charminar, and Secunderabad Station to Charminar. Charminar’s operations were overseen by two depot managers.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation organized a stall to give away free saplings to encourage the public to go green. There were also parking spaces reserved for visitors.
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