Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Chan­du­lal

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Te­lan­gana tourism of­fi­cials want Mi­zo­ram cit­i­zens to come to Hy­der­abad in­stead of go­ing to Mum­bai for med­i­cal treatment. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in a road show at Aizawl, the cap­i­tal city of Mi­zo­ram, on Mon­day, Te­lan­gana tourism sec­re­tary Burra Venkate­sham spoke on im­por­tant tourist lo­ca­tions in the state. Stat­ing that Hy­der­abad is a med­i­cal tourism hub, he wanted Mi­zo­ram cit­i­zens to choose Hy­der­abad where medi­care is cheaper than that in Mum­bai. Lat­est med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able in Hy­der­abad at lesser cost, he claimed. Venkate­sham in­vited Mi­zo­ram stu­dents to join the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment (NITHM) in Hy­der­abad. Mi­zo­ram tourism of­fi­cials said they too would or­gan­ise a Mi­zo­ram tourism road show in Te­lan­gana shortly. Te­lan­gana Tourism Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Per­varam Ra­mulu and oth­ers took part in the road­show.

Te­lan­gana tourism road show held in As­sam

The Te­lan­gana Tourism Depart­ment held a road show in Guwa­hati on Wednesday to at­tract tourists from the north-east­ern State to ex­plore Te­lan­gana. The Sec­re­tary for Tourism, Burra Venkate­sham, who in­au­gu­rated the road show, said ef­forts were on to en­sure that both As­sam and Te­lan­gana pro­mote their tourism show­cas­ing their best tourist places. He said Te­lan­gana has sev­eral forts, palaces de­pict­ing the Nizam’s legacy while her­itage of Kakatiya dy­nasty can be ex­plored in places like the Ramappa tem­ple and Bhadrakali tem­ple and thou­sand pil­lars tem­ple in Waran­gal. He also said Hy­der­abad has carved out a spe­cial place with a mix of her­itage and moder­nity, and it was one of the cheap­est places to live. He also in­vited the As­sam govern­ment to hold road shows in TS.

Tourism bloom­ing in Nizam­abad

By es­tab­lish­ing Ka­mareddy-Basar tourism cir­cuit and de­vel­op­ing eco­tourism at Alis­agar pro­ject, the State govern­ment is work­ing to­wards de­vel­op­ing tourism in Nizam­abad dis­trict. Tourism Min­is­ter Chan­du­lal and Nizam­abad MP Kal­vakuntla Kavitha had re­cently in­au­gu­rated the eco­tourism pro­ject at Alis­agar. Out of the Rs 4.5 crore bud­get, nearly Rs 2.5 crore is spent still now. Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Chan­du­lal in­formed that the State govern­ment had pro­posed to de­velop Nizam­abad, Ka­mareddy-Basar tourism cir­cuit in Nizam­abad dis­trict con­nect­ing var­i­ous tourism spots and de­vo­tional cen­tres, which are sit­u­ated in Ka­mareddy-Nizam­abad-Nir­mal dis­tricts.

Apart from tourism cir­cuit, eco­tourism pro­ject is also con­struct­ing a rope­way on Alis­agar wa­ters, like that of Lak­navaram lake sit­u­ated in Waran­gal dis­trict. The devel­op­ment in tourism is ex­pected to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to the un­em­ployed youth. The Ka­mareddy-Alis­agar-Basar cir­cuit has many tourism and de­vo­tional spots — Kal­ab­hi­rava and Sid­daramesh­wara tem­ples, Nizam­sagar and Pocharam projects in Ka­mareddy dis­trict and Neela Kan­tesh­wara, Lim­badri Lak­shmi Narasimha Swamy, Jankam­pet Lak­shmi Narasimha Swamy tem­ples, Sri Ram Sa­gar and Alis­agar eco­tourism projects in Nizam­abad dis­trict. Basar Saraswathi tem­ples and many wa­ter­falls come un­der the dis­trict as well. Nizam­abad MP Kavitha said that the Tourism Depart­ment should de­velop Ash­ta­mukhi Koneru tem­ple which will pro­vide more jobs to the lo­cal youth and de­velop tourism cir­cuit. MP Kavitha as­sured Tourism Min­is­ter that these ar­eas’ pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives will re­lease their con­stituency devel­op­ment funds as match­ing grants to de­velop tourism projects in the area. Te­lan­gana Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion chair­man Per­varam Ra­mulu said that with enough ef­fort on Alis­agar tourism pro­ject, it will be de­vel­oped like Lak­navaram lake tourism pro­ject and pro­vide em­ploy­ment to more peo­ple in the re­gion.

Te­lan­gana to get tourism boost with he­li­ports

To boost tourism and ex­ploit com­mer­cially po­ten­tial ar­eas, the Te­lan­gana govern­ment is com­ing up with `he­li­ports' in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in state. These have been pro­posed at Dundi­gal, Hakim­pet, Nadir­gul in Hy­der­abad, Bas­an­th­na­gar in Karim­na­gar, Na­gar­ju­nasagar, Nal­go­nda, Alair (Yada­girigutta), Waran­gal and Kagaz­na­gar (Sir­pur). The state is also plan­ning to de­velop new green­field air­ports at Zakran­pally, Nizam­abad, Na­tional In­vest­ment & Man­u­fac­tur­ing Zone (NIMZ) at Za­heer­abad. "The state govern­ment has sub­mit­ted the pro­pos­als to min­istry of civil avi­a­tion un­der Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme for 10 un­served air­ports. These can be con­verted into fullfledged air­ports in fu­ture," V N Bharath Reddy , di­rec­tor (avi­a­tion) of in­fra­struc­ture and in­vest­ment depart­ment. Of­fi­cials say since air traf­fic is on rise, peo­ple can avail he­lis­er­vices. For in­stance, the state govern­ment has taken up devel­op­ment of Yada­girigutta tem­ple and a he­li­port is be­ing pro­posed at Alair. Sim­i­larly , Na­gar­ju­nasagar in Nal­go­nda dis­trict has al­ways been a tourist spot. Kagaz­na­gar and NIMZ are in­dus­trial ar­eas where in­di­vid­u­als can avail of the fa­cil­ity, apart from VIPs. Af­ter for­ma­tion of the state, the govern­ment de­cided to de­velop two air­ports at Koth­agu­dem-Bhadadri dis­trict and Waran­gal. Land ac­qui­si­tion for air­ports has al­ready be­gun. For Waran­gal air­port, a MOU was signed with Air­port Author­ity of In­dia for devel­op­ment. AAI in­formed that apart from ex­ist­ing 748 acres land, it re­quires another 438 acres for the air­port. And this is in ac­qui­si­tion stage. Sim­i­larly , land for Koth­agu­dem-Bhadadri air­port was iden­ti­fied and sent for ap­proval to min­istry of civil avi­a­tion. RITES Limited has sub­mit­ted a pre-fea­si­bil­ity re­port for devel­op­ment of the air­port at Koth­agu­dem and to­po­graphic sur­vey was also com­pleted, said of­fi­cials. "Clear­ances from for­est depart­ment are re­quired as a por­tion of land for green­field air­port is nes­tled in re­served forests. The govern­ment ear­marked Rs 1.09 crore for get­ting air­port clear­ances," a se­nior of­fi­cial of in­dus­tries depart­ment said. To en­cour­age re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity, air force op­er­a­tors should be given con­ces­sions like re­duc­tion of VAT to

one per cent, free land, se­cu­rity and fire ser­vices, apart from elec­tric­ity and wa­ter at con­ces­sional rates and vi­a­bil­ity gap fund­ing up to 20%, sources said.

His­tory of Te­lan­gana

The name "Te­lan­gana" refers to the word Trilinga Desa, earned due to the pres­ence of three an­cient Shiva Tem­ples at Kalesh­waram, Sri­sailam, and Drak­shara­mam. A more his­tor­i­cal rea­son­ing is that dur­ing the reign of Nizams, the re­gion was known as Tel­ugu An­gana to dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from the ar­eas where Marathi was spo­ken. Te­lan­gana re­gion has been ruled by great dy­nas­ties such as Sathava­hanas, Kakatiyas, Chalukyas, Mughals, Qu­tub­shahis, Asaf­jahis. Kakathiyas con­tri­bu­tions to ar­chi­tec­ture are con­sid­ered most im­pres­sive while Sathava­hanas ruled Te­lan­gana re­gion for about 400 years right from the 2nd cen­tury B.C. to beyond the 2nd cen­tury A.D. Among Kakathiyas, Prat­a­paru­dra, was a great ruler who ruled till A.D.1323. Dur­ing the rule of Ba­hamani, Quli Qu­tub, born in Per­sia, came to Dec­can and he had be­come the Gov­er­nor of this re­gion. Quli Qu­tub later be­came in­de­pen­dent and formed his own Qu­tub­shahi Dy­nasty in 1518. The Golkonda fort was built by Quli qu­tub. In his reign, two tanks such as Ibrahim Pan­tam tank and Hus­sain­sagar were built in­clud­ing a bridge on river Musi, which is known as Pu­rana­pul. The Hin­dus of Te­lan­gana re­gion re­mem­ber him for his im­mense pa­tron­age of Tel­ugu lit­er­a­ture. Many Tel­ugu po­ets such as Ad­danki Gan­gad­har Kavi, Panu­ganti Te­lan­ga­narya, Kan­dukuri Ru­dra Kavi had flour­ished in his court. Qu­tub­shah then shifted the cap­i­tal from Golkonda to Hy­der­abad on the banks of the river Musi. He built the Jamia mosque at Charmi­nar. The State of Hy­der­abad was even­tu­ally founded by Mir Qam­rud­din Chin Qilich Khan. Later, he con­ferred him­self the ti­tle of Asaf Jah, by which ti­tle the dy­nasty is still known. In 1799, the Nizam rulers aided the East In­dia Com­pany in their war with Tipu Sul­tan. When the Nizam was com­pelled to sign a sub­sidiary al­liance with the Bri­tish in the year 1799, he lost his author­ity over the state’s de­fence and its ex­ter­nal af­fairs. The Nizam also had to give up the Coastal Andhra and the Ray­alaseema re­gions of his vast king­dom to the Bri­tish, as he was un­able to pay mon­e­tar­ily for the as­sis­tance the Bri­tish ren­dered dur­ing the Nizam’s wars against Tipu Sul­tan. Coastal Andhra and Ray­alaseema then be­came part of the Bri­tish Pres­i­dency of Madras, while Te­lan­gana be­came part of the princely state of Hy­der­abad. For a long time, the Nizam lead a priv­i­leged and a charmed life. He was con­sid­ered to be the world’s rich­est man of his time. Nizam Mir Us­man Ali Khan Ba­hadur was con­ferred with the ti­tle of “His Ex­alted High­ness”. Ge­o­graph­i­cally, Hy­der­abad com­manded a piv­otal po­si­tion in the heart of In­dia with a pop­u­la­tion of nearly six­teen mil­lion and an area of 82,000 square miles. Hy­der­abad boasted of its own coinage, pa­per cur­rency and stamps. Soon af­ter the an­nounce­ment of In­dia’s in­de­pen­dence, the Nizam de­clared his in­ten­tion not to send rep­re­sen­ta­tives to ei­ther the Con­stituent. The In­dian Govern­ment re­fused to en­ter­tain a re­quest that Hy­der­abad would seek a sep­a­rate sta­tus and Op­er­a­tion Polo was ini­ti­ated to an­nex Hy­der­abad state. The Kan­nada and Marathi speak­ing ar­eas of Hy­der­abad state was then merged with Kar­nataka and Maharashtra re­spec­tively while Tel­ugu speak­ing re­gion of Te­lan­gana was merged with Andhra state with Hy­der­abad as the cap­i­tal of united Andhra Pradesh state in 1956. Al­though there was re­sent­ment against the merger, there was a pe­riod of calm. Af­ter the prom­ises made to re­spect the rights of Te­lan­gana were not ful­filled, a sep­a­rate Te­lan­gana ag­i­ta­tion was launched in 1969. Fol­low­ing sub­se­quent Gen­tle­man’s agree­ment and again a pe­riod of bro­ken prom­ises and in­jus­tice, Te­lan­gana move­ment was given a fi­nal push by Shri. K Chan­drasekhar Rao in 2001 with the for­ma­tion of TRS. Fi­nally due to the whole hearted ef­forts of Te­lan­gana so­ci­ety and po­lit­i­cal par­ties, the Govern­ment of In­dia agreed for cre­ation of a sep­a­rate Te­lan­gana state in July, 2013 and Te­lan­gana came into ef­fect on June 2, 2014 as ‘Te­lan­gana state’, the 29th state of In­dian Union.

Tourism and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Chan­du­lal

Nizam­abad MP Kal­vakuntla Kavitha

Te­lan­gana Tourism Sec­re­tary, Burra Venkate­sham

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