Elected representatives, district officials visit the fort
Iskcon pledges commitment to develop the fort and adjoining villages through a massive project
Collector announces a coordinated approach for the comprehensive development of the fort
KONDAVEEDU (Guntur Dt): The lofty watch tower, called locally ‘Jetty Buruzu' was among scores of striking remnants of a fort of historical importance atop the Kondaveedu hillock that spurred a battery of elected representatives and officials to explore the glorious legacy on Friday.
When the expedition meandering through a string of steep hillocks and valleys ended a little after noon at the foothills of Kondaveedu village, the news was that the ball had been set rolling for the comprehensive development of the fort through a unique Public Private Partnership model.
First, the Iskon pledged its commitment to develop the fort and the adjoining villages through a massive project with an estimated outlay of Rs.150 crore. The Iskon representative Satya Gopinath announced that the project would be taken in three phases, beginning with construction of Vennamudda Gopalakrishna Temple, a museum and Vedic audio visual theatre at the foot hills at Chengizkhanpet, construction of yet another temple in the shape of ‘Hamsa Vahanam' and finally building of a Gopinath Temple atop the hill.
District Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu announced a coordinated approach for the comprehensive development of the fort. A ghat road measuring 5.1 k.m. would be laid by the R & B Department using the latest technology within a year, for which the drawings had been completed. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation had pledged to built food courts and lay a ropeway at a cost of Rs.60 lakh. The Department of Forest would involve the local people in developing the area.
``The development of the fort will change the face of the region forever and will create massive employment opportunities,'' Mr. Ramanjaneyulu told a gathering of curious villagers.
A.P State Archaeology and Museums Director P. Chenna Reddy too sounded optimistic of the glorious future. He said that the department had pledged Rs.3.35 crore towards restoring the archeological importance of various remnants of temples.
Narsaraopet M.P M. Venugopal Reddy, Chilakaluripet MLA P. Pulla Rao, M.L.C T.G.V Krishna Reddy, past his 60s, all trekked all the way up the hill. The MLA made a fervent appeal to villagers not to fall in the trap of selling lands as the area would get developed much beyond their imagination.
Divisional Manager, APTDC, Vijayawada region, Ramakrishna, R & B department EE P. Satish, District Tourism Officer Heera, Narsaraopet RDO K. Srinivasulu, Kondaveedu Development Committee Convener K. Siva Reddy and Divisional Forest Officer Srinivas Sastry were present.