- Mon, Jul 18, 2022 7:35 PM
The state government allocated approximately ₹750 crore in the 2022-23 budget to develop the ‘Kaleshwaram Tourism Circuit’, which includes the Medigadda barrage, Kannepally pump house, Kaleshwaram temple, Annaram barrage, Annaram water canal, Sundilla barrage, and Yellampally reservoir. The state government also requested the ministry to explore new projects under the ‘Swadesh Darshan & Prashad Scheme’ for ₹473 crore.
The plans include building a pilgrimage and nature tourism circuit in Mahabubnagar district for ₹101.72 crore under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme; an ecotourism circuit in Mancherial district for ₹98 crore; and a fort circuit in the state for the construction of the Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple for ₹101 crore.
In the development of pilgrimage and heritage infrastructure, Manyamkonda in the Mahabubnagar district received ₹50 crore, the Bhadrachalam Group of Temples in the Bhadradri-Kothagudem district received ₹61.84 crore, and the Rudreshwar Temple (Ramappa) in the Mulugu district received ₹62.73 crore. According to Tourism Corporation data, up to 3.2 lakh international visitors visited the state in 2019-2020 before the epidemic.