Special Correspondent

Development to be complementary to Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple

  • Global tenders to be issued shortly to construct hotels, eateries and cottages
  • Buddha Vanam project at Nagarjunasagar completed 75%
  • Museum at venue to be mainstay of project

    HYDERABAD: Tourism Minister J. Geetha Reddy announced a plan here on Monday to develop the Ananthagiri Hills near Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district as a tourist resort but connected to Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple on the hilltop. The development would be complementary to the temple and it would not disturb the TB sanatorium existing on the hills. Global tenders would be issued shortly to construct hotels, eateries and cottages on the 230 acres of land set aside on the hills for the Tourism Department.

    Buddha Vanam

    The Ananthagiri Hills area is where Osmansagar and Himayathsagar originate and is some 100 km from Hyderabad and hardly 10 km from Vikarabad. Hundreds of families from the twin cities throng the hills on Sundays and holidays. Before preparing the blueprint for the hills, Ms Geetha Reddy visited the place along with Mines & Geology Minister P. Sabitha Reddy who belongs to Ranga Reddy district.

    Talking to The Hindu , the Minister also said that the "Buddha Vanam" project taken up on 78 acres of land at Nagarjunasagar had been completed nearly 75 per cent. A museum with sculptures and frescos depicting "Jataka" stories would be the main attraction of the project. It would be an ideal place for Buddhists and monks, consisting of a massive Buddhist library, meditation centre and quarters.

    As part of a Rs 24-crore project, all the Buddhist centres in the Lower Krishna Valley like Nagarjunasagar, Amaravathi, Jaggiahpet, Gunturpalli and Ghantasala were being developed as a "Buddhist Circuit" with facilities, to attract both domestic and international Buddhist tourists.