Warangal Rural: The Forest Department plans to develop Pakhal lake, which is part of the Pakhal wildlife sanctuary, at an estimated cost of Rs 1 crore in a bid to promote eco-tourism in the district.
While trekking and day camping facilities are available near the lake, officials plan to set up a canopy walkway (treetop walk), which is likely to cost Rs 15 lakh. The department is also setting up an environmental education centre at an existing building constructed by the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) at a nearby park. On other hand, a herbal park with 200 varieties of medicinal plants is on the cards.
Speaking to Telangana Today, District Forest Officer K Purushotham said the park will be thrown open to the public by January-end or first week of February. Pagodas (view points) at Pakhal are also being renovated. “We also proposed to set up a deer park. But, we are yet to get an approval from the higher officials. We hope to get one soon,” the DFO said.
About 10 km from Narsampet town and 57 km from Warangal city, Pakhal lake is one of the few unpolluted lakes in India. It was constructed by Kakatiyan ruler Ganapatideva in 13th century AD. Of late, it is attracting migratory birds in large numbers.
The Tourism Department constructed seven cottages and a restaurant, among other facilities, at the eco-tourism resort near the lake. At an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore, the facilities were thrown open to the public last March. Though there are several other proposals aimed at developing Pakhal as a major tourist destination in erstwhile Warangal district after Laknavaram lake, they are not being cleared as the area is a wildlife sanctuary. “We are developing the place as per the urban park concept due to its proximity to Narsampet town,” the DFO said, adding that they are expecting a rise in tourist footfall soon.