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KCR to undertake aerial survey of Rachakonda hills today

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will undertake an aerial survey of Rachakonda hills spread in Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Mahabubnagar districts on Monday.

The State government is planning a film and entertainment city in the scenic area covering hillocks, ancient forts and temples. According to officials, he will conduct the survey along with Ministers G. Jagadish Reddy and P. Mahender Reddy, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and others. It is not known whether the helicopter carrying the Chief Minister and others will make landing at any place as officials did not divulge the details of the visit.

However, the police have conducted combing operations in Rachakonda forest as a precautionary measure.

Staff Reporter adds: District Collector T. Chiranjeevulu said that he knew about the aerial survey but had no communication about Chief Minister studying the feasibility of establishing any industry here.

“It will be a general survey of government lands in Rachakonda,” he said.

The Chief Minister would be surveying 32,000 acres of forest area in Rachakonda, of which 14,000 acres is located in Choutuppal and Samsthannarayanapur mandals in Nalgonda while the rest is in Ranga Reddy district.

Sources in the Forest Department told The Hindu that 9,418 acres of total land is hilly terrain, 2,240 acres registered land, 2,000 acres assigned land and 600 acres ceiling land.

The Chief Minister’s aerial survey assumes significance as many historians, locals and environmentalists have been demanding the government to develop Rachakonda forest as a tourist hub. Also, the Tourism Department has sent proposals worth Rs. 8 crore to develop Rachakonda area.

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