Jayashankar Bhupalpally: The District Collector Mohammad Abdul Azeem along with the forest authorities is seriously contemplating to develop a Biodiversity Park including a botanical garden, butterfly park and boating facility at Pandavula Gutta (hillocks) also known as ‘Pandava Caves’ in Regonda mandal in the district.
Speaking to Telangana Today, District Forest Officer (DFO) K Purushotam said that the Collector along with local MLA Gandra Venkataramana Reddy and Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Warangal, MJ Akbar visited the place a couple of days ago to take stock of conditions. “The Collector had directed us to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) to develop a Biodiversity Park to attract more tourists to the place, which is already attracting trekkers, rock climbers and adventurists from different parts of the State and other States,” the DFO said and added there is about 3,200 acres of the land available. A tank is also situated near the hillocks.
“While MLA Venkataramana Reddy expressed his willingness to allot some funds from his MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) funds, Collector Azeem also added that he would allot some funds from the district funds, while CCF Akbar said that the funds from the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) may be utilised for the development of the facilities,” the DFO added. “We will prepare a DPR as per the directions of the District Collector and submit it to him at the earliest so as to send it to the government. We will also plan for the construction of the resorts and cottages as a part of the Biodiversity Park to offer a diverse set of natural experiences. “The hillocks have lush green forest on one side where the other side has rocks to make your sunset pictures perfect,” the DFO added.
Located about 50 km away from Warangal city near Kothapally village in Regonda mandal in the district and 220 km away from Hyderabad, the Pandavula Gutta became a perfect destination for adventurers, particularly rock climbers and trekkers due to the efforts by the district Forest Department. Rock climbing, rappelling, bouldering and trekking are the main events to be conducted at the hillocks, which is also a prehistoric rock art site. The ‘Shilatoranam’ (rock gate) at the hillock is said to be bigger than the popular ‘Shilatoranam’ on Tirumala hills in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh State.
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