Development of Kondaveedu Fort immediately

CM directs speeding up of works on Kondaveedu Fort HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy today directed officials of all departments to take up development of Kondaveedu Fort immediately. He said the Kondaveedu Fort should be developed into a great historical monument and international tourist attraction in the State. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy today reviewed the progress of works on the Kondaveedu Fort with Ministers and top officials at Secretariat. Minister for Tourism and Archaeology, Vatti Vasantha Kumar, R&B Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, Minister for Cooperation, Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy, Minister for Agriculture, K Lakshminarayana, Former Minister Gade Venkat Reddy, Chief Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi, Special Chief Secretary, Forests and Environment, M Samuel, Principal Secretary, Tourism and Archaeology, Chandana Khan, Principal Secretary, R&B, S.P.Singh, Principal Secretary, Endowments, Chitra Ramachandran, other Public representatives and top officials attended the meeting. Kondaveedu Fort is located in Kondaveedu village in the Chilakaluripet constituency of Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India.

It is a hill fortress located 1,700 feet (520 m) above mean sea level. Apart from this main fort, there are two other forts nearby. The Chief Minister asked the departments to take up the ghat road and complete it at the earliest and asked the Forests Department to get the necessary clearance. The Roads and Buildings Department has already sanctioned Rs.5 crores, Panchayat Raj Department sanctioned Rs.3 crs and the archaeology department proposed works for Rs.3.35 crs.

The Tourism department will take up sound and light programme, food courts and other development works. The Chief Minister directed that laying of ghat road from Phirangipuram to Puttakota should be taken up at the earliest, restoration of stepped pathway on western side and temple structures will be renovated and Hill Fort will be beautified. The total length of the proposed ghat road is about 5 kms and the forest department officials assured the Chief Minister that the necessary clearance will be given as soon as possible.

The Chief Minister said that Kondaveedu Fort is a historical monument and it should be developed as a tourist attraction. All the temple structures along the Fort should be reconstructed and monuments should be renovated, he said. All officials of different departments assured to speed the work for development of the Kondaveedu Fort.

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