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HYDERABAD: Buoyed with the UNESCO world heritage tag for Rudreshwara (Ramappa) temple in Mulugu district, the Telangana government has decided to get dossiers prepared for at least half-a-dozen historical places in the state and get them similar recognition.
It would prepare dossiers for the historic Thousand Pillar temple in Warangal, Sammakka Sarakka (tribal festival) in Mulugu, Pillala Marri (over 700-year-old banyan tree) in Mahabubnagar, Warangal Fort, Mutyala Dhara waterfalls in Jayashankar Bhupalapally district apart from Golconda and Charminar.
“The archaeology department has been asked to come up with the list of places which have rich history, heritage and culture. The list will be given chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for finalising the names. Once the names are finalised, dossier preparation will be started. A consultant will also be hired for the purpose,” culture and tourism minister V Srinivas Goud told TOI on Saturday. He said there were many places in the state which qualify for the world heritage status.
After getting the world recognition, the state government has decided to develop the temples and create a buffer around Ramappa temple to protect the monument. As number of tourists have already started thronging the Ramappa temple, the tourism department is planning to construct hotels in nearby places.
The minister said the main Ramappa temple was in the purview of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), while three temples near Pakala Lake need to be developed. The government would also see no structures come up in the buffer zone of the main temple, he added. “To promote tourism in Ramappa and surrounding areas, the government is planning to develop ‘Kakatiya Circuit’,” Srinivas Goud said.


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