MAHABUBNAGAR: Minister for Rural Development G. Chinna Reddy launched the works of beautification of Pillalamarri complex (600-year-old banyan tree) here on Saturday.

The Minister said that steps would be taken to develop Pillalamarri as a tourist centre.

He appreciated the steps taken up by the district administration for protection of banyan tree from various diseases and beautification of complex.

District Collector V. Usha Rani said the government has sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh.