Telangana plans irrigation tourism | Latest India News

The government of Telangana is planning an innovative initiative – irrigation tourism – to attract tourists from across the state to large irrigation projects which would be transformed into major tourist sites.

This unique concept aims to make people realize the importance of the irrigation projects undertaken by the government of Telangana over the past eight years to develop the state into an agricultural hub, besides enjoying the scenic beauty surrounding these projects.

Over the past eight years, the state government has constructed several irrigation schemes such as Kaleshwaram, India’s largest lift irrigation scheme with a massive canal system and a series of reservoirs like Annaram , Sundilla, Medigadda, Yellampally, Mid-Manair, Mallannasagar, Konda Pochamma, Ranganayaka Sagar and Baswapur.

“All of them are powerful reservoirs that irrigate more than half a hectare of crops. At the same time, they are all located in scenic places, which can be transformed into major tourist destinations,” said the state tourism minister. , V Srinivas Goud, at the inauguration of a travel and tourism fair in Hyderabad last week.

He said the concept of developing irrigation projects in tourist spots was devised by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who requested the tourism department to create tourist infrastructure on these projects.

Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) Managing Director B Manohar Rao told Hindustan Times that the state government has allocated 750 crores in the state budget for the development of irrigation projects as tourist sites this year under the ecotourism circuit.

“We have already issued a call for expression of interest from eminent tourism project developers to prepare detailed project reports on the irrigation tourism concept. We have recently shortlisted a few companies, which would bid for the development projects of tourist sites on the irrigated perimeters, once we get permission from the chief minister,” Rao said.

Apart from Kaleshwaram and its chain of reservoirs, the TSTDC plans to develop tourist sites in existing irrigation projects such as Kalvakurthy, Karivena, Sriramsagar, Ramappa, Devadula, etc.

“We will introduce water sports, boating, cruising and adventure sports like paragliding, in addition to cottage building and landscaping in and around these reservoirs. Other infrastructure such as the development of the road network to these reservoirs, trekking facilities, suspension bridges over the reservoirs, musical fountains, luminous gardens, sound and light shows, etc. We will also provide tour guides,” the TSTDC general manager said.

Officials plan to establish hotels, resorts, swimming pools, country clubs and food courts near the reservoirs. “We are also considering inviting filmmakers to shoot films in these areas and we will provide them with all the facilities, if they come forward,” Rao said.

The state government has also offered the Center to develop the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project as a major tourist attraction under the theme of “Natural Tourism Circuit” under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme. “The government expects a positive response from the Center,” he added.

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