Ask farmers to cooperate with govt to develop temple as a global tourist place
Mulugu: Minister for Tourism and Culture and Archaeology V Srinivas Goud said that the State government would consider the declaration of the ‘Kakatiya Heritage Tourism Circuit’ on the tribal tourism circuit announced by the Centre, for the conservation of the Kakatiyan era temples in the erstwhile Warangal district including the Warangal Fort.
He along with Ministers Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Satyavathi Rathod, Vice-Chairman of State Planning Commission B Vinod Kumar, MP M Kavitha, MLA D Anasuya aka Seethakka, MLC Pochampally Srinivas Reddy and former MP A Seetharam Naik visited the Ramappa Temple, which was inscribed as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO recently, here on Tuesday.
The team has gone around the temple appreciating the architectural splendor and technical knowledge of the then Stapathis and Siplis. “The historical importance of Warangal has not come into prominence till the formation of Telangana State,” said Minister for Tourism V Srinivas Goud and added that the formation of a separate State for Telangana had indeed helped to get international recognition for the Ramappa.
He said that he was on a visit to the Ramappa temple following the directions of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao to chalk out plans for further development of the temple to attract international tourists.
Speaking on the occasion, Dayakar Rao said that Telangana had shot into prominence on the world map with the UNESCO tag to the Ramappa temple.
Appreciating the committed efforts of the Chief Minister, Rao said that the role of retired IAS officer BV Papa Rao and Prof M Panduranga Rao, who are founding trustees of the Kakatiya Heritage Trust (KHT) was also very crucial.
“Now the responsibility of the Central and State governments is to make this a tourism hub and the local people should also cooperate in acquiring the required land. The temple owns 27 acres of the land,” Minister Errabelli said and sought the cooperation of the farmers who own the lands near the temple.
Rao also assured that the farmers of Palampet village would be given suitable compensation for their lands. Water Resources Association Chairman V Prakash Rao, Warangal Mayor Gundu Sudha Rani, Tourism Secretary Srinivasa Raju, District Collector S Krishna Aditya, SP Sangram Singh G Patil, local sarpanch Rajita, MPTCs, ZPTCs, Ramappa EO Billa Srinivas, Tahsildhar Manjula and other officials were present.
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