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Lake policing proposal at Kinnerasani dam floated

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Development work under way to turn scenic spot into major tourist hub

With the scenic Kinnerasani dam site in Palvancha mandal currently undergoing major transformation in terms of development of tourism infrastructure, a proposal for introduction of a lake police unit for patrolling around the reservoir is gaining momentum.

Development work worth ₹23 crore is under way to construct nine cottages, a glass house and a food court at the dam site as part of a mega plan to turn the picturesque spot into a major tourism destination in the State. Plans are on the anvil to develop a safari park at the dam site, which is surrounded by a deer park and an environmental education centre forming part of the vast Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary.

The major thrust on infrastructure development is expected to catapult the site into a tourism hotspot and increase the inflow of tourists multi-fold.

Kothagudem MLA Jalagam Venkat Rao is the one to have put forth the idea of lake policing at the dam.

The Palvancha rural police station was shifted to Kinnerasani dam site a few weeks ago based on representations made by villagers of various interior areas in the mandal, sources said. The police station was formally inaugurated by the Station House Officer concerned in the presence of Mr. Venkat Rao and Superintendent of Police Ambar Kishor Jha recently.

A platoon of Telangana State Special Police has been deployed at the police station presently housed in a Tribal Welfare Department’s building near the dam. The authorities have reportedly identified nine acres near the dam site for construction of a permanent building for the Palvancha rural police station.

The Kinnerasani reservoir primarily caters to the water needs of the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station and also meets the drinking water needs of Kothagudem and Palvancha towns. It has earned the reputation of being a favourite recreation spot ever since the Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation introduced boating facility at the reservoir three years ago.

Once the stronghold of Naxal groups, the forest fringe areas spanning along the Kinnerasani river are witnessing massive road infrastructure development works with the administration laying renewed focus on improving connectivity to the interior villages.

In 2001, suspected Naxalites of the then People's War Group blasted Addala Meda (glass house) near the Kinnerasani dam. The glass house has remained in a dilapidated condition since, sources said.

Palvancha Deputy Superintendent of Police Srinivasulu told The Hindu that the Palvancha rural police station was relocated to Kinnerasani dam site to provide people living in remote areas of the mandal ease of access to police services. It will help improve police-citizen interface, crime prevention and detection.

The visible policing will instil confidence among tourists visiting Kinnerasani dam and help them feel safe and comfortable.

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