Chennur set to regain glory

Located on the banks of Godavari, the town was a popular pilgrim destination.

By Author  |  Published: 20th Feb 2017  12:00 amUpdated: 20th Feb 2017  12:41 am
Shivalayam located on the banks of a tank in Chennur. Photo: Arrangement

Mancherial: Chennur, one of the oldest towns in Telangana, is set to revive its past glory and shine on many fronts.

Proposed two national highways will be passing through the town, giving a fillip to agriculture and improving connectivity of the town with other parts of the State. Located on the border of Telangana and Maharashtra and on the banks of Godavari, the town is now part of newly formed Mancherial district.

Chennur was one of the thriving towns with rich culture and history. It produced several Vedic scholars and litterateurs. Godavari is popularly called Uttaravahini near this town as it flows from south to north. It is one of the most-sought after pilgrim destinations of devotees and saints. It houses many ancient temples built several centuries ago.

For instance, the town boasts of Sri Jagannatha Swamy Temple, the second popular temple after Puri Jagannath Temple located in Odisha. It has Sri Agastheshwaralayam and Shivalayam, abode of Lord Shiva, on the banks of a tank. Sri Agastheshwaralayam is believed to be constructed following penance of sage Agastya. But, it gradually lost its sheen over a period of time.

However, the town of Brahmins is now set to revive its glorious past, thanks to formation of new highways. The town is situated on the proposed 396-kilometre long Sarapaka (Khammam)-Koutala (Kumram Bheem Asifabad) national highway for which Union government recently gave its nod. Similarly, the State government agreed to erect a bridge on the outskirts of Chennur, as part of this network.

In September 2016, Rs 250 crore was granted in order to create a four-lane road from Jaipur to Arjunagutta of Kotapalli mandal, as part of the existing Jagdalpur-Nizamabad national highway 63, which was stalled due to Maoists’ menace. This road also touches the town before entering Maharashtra and reaching Chhattisgarh.

Chennur legislator Nalla Odelu told Telangana Today that the historic town would certainly witness growth on many fronts, with the advent of the new road infrastructure. “Farmers in this region will be able to find ample marketing opportunities for selling their produce. Chennur will see industrial development following better connectivity and thus youth will be able to find jobs,” he said.

He opined that the business sector in the town would flourish with people of neighbouring Prof Jayashankar district and Maharashtra depending on it for purchasing groceries and agriculture produce. Also, its hospitality sector would shine in future with devotees using these roads to reach the ancient Sri Kaleshwara-Muktheshwara Swamy Devasthanam in Prof Jayashankar district.