Jayashankar Bhupalpally: If everything goes as expected, a check dam across the Cheekupally stream would be constructed above the Bogatha waterfalls. The construction of the check dam is not only aimed at ensuring availability of water at the falls, but also to enhance the beauty of the tourist attraction which is touted as Telangana’s Niagara.
Official sources in the Forest Department said that they were ready to give the clearance for the construction of the check dam across the stream in the reserve forest area.
Located 160 km from Warangal city and 300 km from Hyderabad on National Highway 163 (Hyderabad – Bhopalpatnam of Chhattisgarh State), the Bogatha waterfalls has been witnessing a steady rise in tourist footfall ever since a high-level bridge across Godavari river at Mullakatta near Eturunagaram village was thrown open last year.
Surrounded by dense forests and hills, the Bogatha waterfalls receives inflows only during monsoon (between July and November).
Considering its growing popularity, the government is taking several steps to promote the tourist spot as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the State.
The Centre has sanctioned funds for the development of seven tourist locations in the district including the Bogatha waterfalls under the ‘tribal tourism circuit’.
As part of this, a restaurant, log huts, cantilever view point, watch towers, tribal multi-product display centre, reception-cum-information desk and landscaping were proposed at a cost of Rs 1,193.50 lakh.
Officials are also planning to build a check dam to ensure that water is available at the falls to attract tourists.
“Though Telangana Tourism Secretary Burra Venkatesham was scheduled to visit the Bogatha waterfalls a week ago to study the feasibility of the construction of the check dam, his tour was cancelled. However, the proposal for the construction of the check dam will be pursued soon,” said an official of the Forest Department.