Culinary policy to Promote tourism

Burra Venkatesham
Burra Venkatesham, Tourism Secretary, Telangana.

The newly formed Telangana Government is planning to come up with a ‘culinary policy to promote tourism, through cookery, festivals, and culture, according to Burra Venkatesham, Tourism Secretary, Telangana.

“Telangana will be the first state in the country to announce a culinary policy. The policy has been sent to the Chief Minister for approval and may be announced in November,”

“The policy will seek to promote Telangana through its culinary, arts, festivals and culture. We are also working on to encourage the private sector in setting up of exclusive Telangana restaurants,” he said.

Karampodi, a restaurant seeking to revive some of the age-old and forgotten home-made cuisines of Telugus, bagged the Best Restaurant in Telangana Award from the Telangana Tourism Department. The proposed policy contemplates tax incentives for these restaurants for five years. In case of the restaurants outside the state, there will be cash incentives, Mr Venkatesham said.

“We would like to see exclusive Telangana Restaurants come up all over the world,” he said, adding 99 per cent of the population of Telangana are non-vegetarian.

Burra Venkatesham and Pervaram Ramulu, Chairman, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation, presented the award to Karampodi and launched Kakatiya Special Thali.

Pervaram Ramulu said Bathukamma Festival will seek to promote the State on the lines of what Bal Gangadhar Tilak did for Ganesh Festival. On October 8, ‘Maha Bathukamma Festival’ will be held at Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad, where 10,000 women will participate, Mr Venkatesham said.

Ameenpur lake as a Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS)

Ameenpur lake Birds HD
Ameenpur lake Rare Birds Photos HD. Boost Hyderabad Tourism

The Telangana government declared Ameenpur lake as a Biodiversity Heritage Site, the first in the country for a water body. It is the first BHS in the state and has about 171 bird, 250 plant and nine fish species apart from 26 aquatic beetles and 41 butterfly species. Ameenpur Lake, one of the finest locales on Hyderabad outskirts. Ameenpur Lake is just behind Miyapur on the way to Bachupalli.

The lake on the outskirts of the city has become one of the biggest attractions for waterfowl and migratory birds drawing in legions of photographers and birdwatchers during weekends. With the biodiversity heritage tag given under the Biological Diversity Act 2002, the lake, which will now be managed by a locally constituted Biodiversity Management Committee, also becomes eligible for funding for upkeep of the lake as well as its protection.

According to Tejdeep Kaur Menon, Director General, Telangana State Special Protection Force (TSSPF), this is the fruition of a sustained effort begun early in 2015 to save the 93.15-acre lake with a series of clean-up campaigns in and around the lake.

Following a nod by State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao for the tag, State Principal Secretary BR Meena notified it as a Biodiversity Heritage Site.

Officers and men of TSSPF had been collecting and disposing garbage from the lake environs even before it was taken up for formal adoption on August 7, 2015.

Apart from helping to protect the lake and its biodiversity, the tag will also help protect it from encroachments and make it eligible for funding.

Birds’ paradise

A variety of local and migratory birds, including egrets, herons, cormorants, kingfishers and river terns, throng the lake and make it an attractive destination for people and for photographers — amateur and professional.

TSSPF has adopted the Ameenpur village, and with the help of residents initiated a garbage disposal system in cooperation with the authorities of Medak district.

Apart from protecting the lake from pollutants, the Force also turned to the State Pollution Control Board for its support to check effluents and set up a sewerage treatment plant with funds provided by the industries in the vicinity of the lake.

TSSPF also planted over 4,000 saplings in the dry tracts of the lake bed and on its fringes.

Boating Services at Nagarjunasagar Dam Started

NagarjunaSagar Dam Boating Services
Boating Services at Nagarjunasagar Dam by Telangana Tourism Department.

04-11-2016 Hyderabad: TS tourism which recently launched boating operations in Nagarjunasagar took tourists in two boats for the first time on Friday. Boating by tourists in Nagarjunasagar dam triggered a fresh row between TS and AP.

Boating on Nagarjuna Sagar is one such popular boating experience that is a huge draw with tourists all over. The state of Telangana is home to many such unique experiences where one can revel in the sizzling waters on a modern and comfortable cruise.

Telangana Tourism operates a regular cruise service, covering the picturesque Nagarjunasagar Dam when there is sufficient water after heavy inflows.

Telangana, Andhra Pradesh fight for tourism service at Nagarjunasagar dam

Boating by tourists in Nagarjunasagar dam triggered a fresh row between TS and AP on Saturday (05-11-2016). AP tourism and forest department officials obstructed boats from TS, alleging that they were operating without permission.
These boats were stopped at Nagarjunakonda, the Buddhist site, which falls under the jurisdiction of AP. They took the boats and staff into their possession. This led to heated exchanges.

Tourists who started at 11 am were stranded in boats till 6.30 pm. AP officials sent back tourists and staff to TS boating points later, while keeping one more TS boat under their possession.

TS has been operating boats from the left bank with jetties built there. This is because of the existing launch station, which has five boating points, went to AP after state bifurcation. Since a majority of tourists to Nagarjunasagar were coming from Hyderabad, TS built its own launch station on its side. This is being opposed by AP, which fears that it will lose revenue.

The revenue from boating amounts to Rs 2 crore annually. TS was losing its share for want of launch stations. TS launch point manager A. Sathyam said they had approvals for boating from the Centre and the irrigation department. Still, AP officials created an unnecessary controversy, he said.