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Ghat road leading to Kondaveedu Fort littered

The ghat road leading to Kondaveedu Fort is brimming with tourists but the massive influx has led to concerns to environment with people littering the road with plastic bottles and food packets

The ghat road leading to Kondaveedu Fort is brimming with tourists but the massive influx has led to concerns to environment with people littering the road with plastic bottles and food packets   | Photo Credit: T_VIJAYA_KUMAR

Massive tourist inflow raises environmental concerns

While the 14th century Kondaveedu Fort has attracted tourists for years, massive influx of people during weekends is raising concerns over environmental pollution.

The ghat road leading to the fort, meandering its way through the forest, is littered with empty plastic bottles, food sachets and broken pieces of liquor bottles. In utter disdain to the environment, people throw leftovers, empty liquor bottles on the corners of the roads.

The Fort and its lush green landscape in monsoon has prompted tourists to flock to the fort but lack of regulation by the police or tourist department is a major concern.

During weekends, the ghat road used to brim with hundreds of people driving and parking their vehicles on the road margins, causing inconvenience to others. Haphazard parking of cars and motorcycles even led to altercations among people.

Expressing his serious concern about the ecological damage caused to the surroundings, Kondaveedu Fort Development Committee convener Kalli Siva Reddy said that a cleanliness campaign, “Swachh Kondaveedu’’, is being taken up with the locals to sensitise tourists on the need to maintain cleanliness. The committee would place dustbins, and put up no litter boards along the ghat road.

“The local police should regulate the crowds and if necessary, they should use breath analysers to control drunk behavior,’’ Mr. Siva Reddy said.

Meanwhile, the AP Government has given its nod to lay the last stretch of the connecting road measuring 0.75 km to the entrance of the Fort at a cost of ₹11 crore and the work is estimated to be completed by December 2018. Tourists can now have a direct entry to the Fort and with the modernization of the steps also being taken up, the Fort would emerge as a major tourist destination in the State.

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