Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has said that a new film city with an airstrip will be set up in 1,500 - 2,000 acres in the outskirts of the city.

"The government will acquire 1,500 - 2,000 acres for this purpose. Plots will be allocated to the film production companies to set up studios with state-of-the-art technologies and to suit to needs of the future.  Provision will be created at the proposed film city for an airstrip. All other infrastructure facilities will be provided," said Rao.

According to a statement from Telangana Chief Minister's Office, "The Chief Minister instructed the officials that a delegation of officials and film personalities should visit Bulgaria and visit the film city there and prepare proposals and plans for the Film City of Hyderabad. "

The chief minister also announced that film shootings and cinema theatres can re-open now as the unlock-down process had begun.

Film actors Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna met the CM at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday and a discussion took place on development of the film industry and its expansion in Telangana State. R&B Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, State Planning Board Vice Chairman B Vinod Kumar, RS Member J Santosh Kumar, Government's Chief Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, principal Secretaries Narsing Rao, Ramakrishna Rao, Seshadri, and others participated.

According to CM Rao, there are ample opportunities in the tech city to further develop and expand the film industry, which is already famous for Ramoji film city.

"People from different parts of the country and different mother tongues have settled here. This city has the ability to offer shelter to anyone. Wonderful facilities can be created here for film shootings and all other film making activities to take place comfortably," he observed.

The chief minister said about 10 lakh people are directly and indirectly dependent on the film industry for livelihood in Hyderabad, who all got affected by the cancellation of shootings during the lockdown.