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Time to relax: Anantapur legislator A. Venkatarami Reddy, Singanamala MLA S. Sailajanath, ZP Chairperson T. Kavitha enjoy a boat ride on MPR in Anantapur district on Monday.
Time to relax: Anantapur legislator A. Venkatarami Reddy, Singanamala MLA S. Sailajanath, ZP Chairperson T. Kavitha enjoy a boat ride on MPR in Anantapur district on Monday.

Staff Reporter

Mid Pennar Reservoir near Penackacherla village turns into a tourist spot

ANANTAPUR: There was an overwhelming response from the public to the revival of boating facility in the Mid Pennar Reservoir (MPR) near Penackacherla village in Garladinne mandal on Monday. A large number of people from surrounding villages enjoyed boating on the first day.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha, Anantapur MP A. Venkatarami Reddy and Singanamala legislator S. Sailajanath inaugurated the boating facility revived by the Tourism Department at a cost of about Rs. 8 lakh. A 20-seat family boat, a 5-seat speed boat and two 4-seat pedal boats were arranged for tourists. Experienced boat drivers and other crew were also hired from Kakinada area.

Speaking on the occasion the MP and legislator said it was a good tourist spot in the district about a decade ago. However, the naxalite problem in the area, blasting of an irrigation guest house there by naxalites and lack of sufficient water in the reservoir resulted in the neglect and death of this tourist spot.

They urged the local people to protect the facilities being developed now as it was their property and flow of tourists would also boost self-employment opportunities to a few families in the reservoir site.

In-charge district Tourism Officer P. Thimmappa stated that the tourist facilities were being revived there to give a fillip to tourism. The district administration had submitted a Rs. 19 crore project report on tourism development and the State government had sanctioned Rs. 5 crore of which, Rs. 50 lakh was being spent on amenities in Lepakshi and Hemavathi and another Rs. 12 lakh was spent on amenities at Thimmamma Marrimanu. A budge hotel was being planned at Anantapur at a cost of Rs. 5 crore and Shilparamam was being planned on the outskirts for another Rs. 5 crore.

Proposal, sanction

A proposal with an outlay of Rs. 45 lakh was sent for development of MPR as a tourist spot and the government had sanctioned Rs. 30 lakh, of which, Rs. 8 lakh was spent on arranging boats and another Rs. 4.5 lakh was being spent on construction of toilets, provision of drinking water and repairs to guest house, Executive Engineer of Social Welfare P. Venkataratnam said.

“It’s a dream come true for us. We can hardly afford to visit well-known tourist places and enjoy boating facilities there”, a family of a nearby village said after a boat ride. The MP, MLA and ZP Chairman purchased tickets to allow the visitors enjoy boating free of cost on the first day.


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