Mahabubnagar: Minister for Tourism, V Srinivas Goud, on Wednesday, inaugurated a new block of the Archaeological museum which was built by the Roads & Buildings Department to accommodate all archaeological relics that were previously housed in the old premises at the Pillalamarri Tourism Centre.
The new block will not only give the tourism centre a facelift, but will also helped in protecting centuries-old stone sculptures, inscriptions and other relics that have been lying around in the open all these years due to shortage of space in the District Archaeological Museum.
According to Dr Mallu Naik, Assistant Director of Archaeology Department, Mahabubnagar district, while the building was constructed by R&B Department, District Collector D Ronald Rose had also sanctioned Rs 20 lakh to ensure that the new block’s construction was completed.
He said that the surroundings of the Ramalingeshwara Swamy temple of Eerladinne, which had to be relocated and reconstructed at the tourism centre after it came under the submergence zone under a major irrigation project, was also being developed with the funds to accommodate more items of archaeological significance.
He said after getting two water connections through Mission Bhagiratha project, the long-pending issue of drinking water at the tourism centre had been solved. He however, said that there was a shortage of staff in the Archaeology Department, which needed to be addressed, as more security personnel, guides and other office staff were needed to be recruited at the museum’s premises.
He also told ‘Telangana Today’ that the age-old Pillalamarri banyan tree, which was being given special treatment by the Forest Department, had been showing signs of recovery and once rains begin, the exact condition of the tree could be assessed by the authorities concerned.