Jayashankar Bhupalpally: Situated in the dense forest near Rudram village in Malhar Rao mandal of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, the Boggulavagu project site is a perfect destination for the wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and nature lovers.
The project, a medium irrigation reservoir constructed across the Boggulavagu, a tributary of the Manair river in the Godavari basin, irrigates 5,150 acres for two crops in the district.
Of late, the project area is attracting visitors from different parts of the State, and a visit to the site will surely offer a delightful experience, mainly for those living in the concrete jungles. Streams, brooks and water springs in the nearby areas add the beauty to this place. The cool and serene weather leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of visitors. Not only pleasure seekers but also students and researchers visit this place in search of the rare species of wildlife.
The catchment area of the Boggula Vaagu is teeming with the rich biodiversity. It is home to deer, chowsinga, wild boars, foxes and jackals, Indian civet cat, mongoose, monitor lizards, rabbits and several other wild animals. Several water birds, rare owls, kingfishers, birds of paradise, a variety of serpentines and about eight types of butterflies are seen in the forest near the project. Keeping this in view, the Forest Department is trying to promote eco-tourism activities in this area by conducting programmes such as bird walk, bird festival, forest walk, and others. In addition to the trees like teak and others that give the wood, several medicinal plants are also thriving here.
Speaking to ‘Telangana Today’, District Forest Officer (DFO) K Purushotham said that they were taking several steps to provide facilities for visitors at the Boggulavagu project. “We are constructing sheds, washrooms, and platforms besides arranging for seating on the bund of the project,” he added. It is said that a pedal-boating facility may be introduced in the reservoir in the future. “The development of a children’s play area and a watchtower is in progress. A solar-powered vehicle and mini-safari vehicle may be made available for visitors,” he added.
Meanwhile, secretary of the Orugallu Wildlife Society (OWLS), Warangal, Shyam Sundar Chelpur said they were working with the Forest Department to keep the area free from plastic and other debris.
“It is an ideal place for birdwatchers and nature lovers. There is a huge potentiality to develop this place into an eco-tourism place,” said Shyam Sundar, who is also a wildlife photographer. The place is located 28 km away from Bhupalpally town and six km away from Koyyur village.
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