Karimnagar: BC Welfare and Civil Supplies Minister Gangula Kamalakar on Sunday assured that Karimnagar city would emerge as a major tourism spot in the State once the Manair River Front project is completed.
The State government sanctioned Rs 310 crore for the construction of retaining walls on either side of Manair River in the downstream of Lower Manair Dam as part of Manair River Front project. While the cable bridge was constructed at a cost of Rs 190 crore, the construction of check dams with Rs 80 was under progress.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao along with Kamalakar and Tourism Minister Srinivas Goud held a high level review meeting with officials to discuss the Manair River Front project in Hyderabad on Saturday. Kamalakar along with the District Collector K Shashanka, Karimnagar Mayor Y Sunil Rao, members of the land survey team and others visited the cable bridge on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said organising a review meeting with the Ministers KT Rama Rao and Srinivas Goud very next day of GO issued by the government and starting survey works were a classic example of how the government was committed to the river front development project.
Kamalakar informed that tenders would be invited by preparing a detailed project report (DPR) within 15 days. In order to develop Karimnagar as a tourism spot, a Manair River Front project was taken up. As part of it, Chief Minister has decided to develop 10 kilometres distance up to Chegurthi under the downstream of Lower Manair Dam and had allocated Rs 100 crore in the budget. To store the water check dams and retaining walls are being constructed.
While four check dams were constructed up to Bommakal by spending Rs 80 crore, the works of remaining ones are in the final stage. The retaining walls with a height of 12 feet would also be constructed.
In the first phase, the project is going to be taken up to 3.77 kilometres from LMD to Bommakal. Alugunur and cable bridges would come under the first phase work wherein theme parks, water fountains and other would be developed.
Rama Rao, Srinivas Goud and Kamalakar discussed the project with an American based company ICOM which played a vital role in Gomathi river front, Hyderabad Metro, IKEA and other projects across the works. ICOM would complete survey works within 15 days and tenders would be invited by preparing a comprehensive DPR. Government has decided to acquire the land up to 150 metre from the bank of the river and land would be acquired on both sides of the river.
Stating that Karimnagar would be developed into a sought after tourist spot, he said facilities would also be developed to stay at least three to four days in the town by tourists.
The Chief Minister has special love and affection for Karimnagar as the latter was in the front row in Telangana agitation. As promised earlier, a number of developmental works including 14 kilometre distance roads, central lighting works were completed with the funds sanctioned by the Chief Minister.
Besides daily water supply, IT tower, cable bridge, check dams and others were also completed. The first cable bridge in south Indian is ready for inauguration. The distance between Karimangar to Warangal is going to be reduced after the inauguration of the bridge.
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