Mulugu: Stating that the Union government will extend all possible assistance in developing the tourism sector in Telangana, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said the Centre has already decided to develop several temples and monuments like Jogulamaba group of temples, Golconda Fort, Charminar and Qutub Shahi tombs in the State. He along with State […]
Mulugu: Stating that the Union government will extend all possible assistance in developing the tourism sector in Telangana, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said the Centre has already decided to develop several temples and monuments like Jogulamaba group of temples, Golconda Fort, Charminar and Qutub Shahi tombs in the State. He along with State Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud and officials of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the historic Ramappa temple in Mulugu district on Thursday.
After offering special prayers, Kishan Reddy inspected the temple compound wall which is under the jurisdiction of the ASI. He discussed the plans for the development of the temple by improving the amenities as international tourists’ footfall was expected to go up in the coming days since this architectural marvel of the Kakatiyas was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on July 25, 2021.
Kishan Reddy also unveiled the plaque of the world heritage site and some development works completed at the temple. Ramappa temple, he said, was a testament to the architectural and engineerings prowess of the Kakatiya era. “Ramappa temple is one of the best tourist destinations in the State. We are taking all steps to develop this temple which is a destination for spiritual tourism besides being an architectural marvel for all to explore,” he said.
“The State government must improve the facilities by extending the runway at Mamnoor airport near Warangal as international tourists prefer air travel. The Centre will cooperate with the State government to develop the airport. We will also offer subsidy on airfares for tourists under the UDAN scheme,” he said, adding that the Centre will also take steps for restoration of the Kalyanamandapam at the Thousand Pillar temple in Hanamkonda and Fort Warangal, both developed during the Kakatiya period.
Tourism Minister V Srinivas Goud said Ramappa temple was listed as World Heritage Site following serious efforts by the State government with the support of the Union government and ASI Director-General V Vidyavathi and Kakatiya Heritage Trust (KHT) representatives Prof M Panduranga Rao and BV Papa Rao. “The State government is planning to develop a Kakatiya Heritage circuit including the renovated Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple at Yadadri,” he said.
Mulugu MLA Danasari Anasuya urged the Union Minister to appoint a committe led by a special IAS officer to monitor the progress of the temple. “The Centre has sanctioned tribal university to Mulugu, but it has not started the classes. I urge the Union Minister to impress upon the Centre the need to commence classes. I also urge the Centre to accord national festival status to Medaram jatara,” she said.
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