KARIMNAGAR: Conceived on the lines of Sabarmati river front in Gujarat state and Gomati riverfront in Uttar Pradesh state, the Manair river front (MRF) on the downstream of Lower Manair Dam (LMD) reservoir is all set to give a fillip to the tourism in Karimagar town.
The MRF was announced by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in March 2017 at a cost of Rs 506 crore. During the 2018 elections, the authorities and ruling party leaders have created lots of hype over the execution of the MRF by removing the weeds etc at the site. But, the foundation stone for the project was laid by Minister for IT and Municipal Administration K Taraka Rama Rao on March 17, 2022. With the elections round the corner, the works gained pace with the construction of retention walls and leveling the ground by removing the boulders in the river etc.
As part of the ongoing MRF project, Minister for Civil Supplies Gangula Kamalakar, TS Planning Board vice chairman B Vinod Kumar, Manakondur legislator Rasamayi Balakishan, Mayor Y Sunil Rao and others participated in the ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday for the erection of the world’s third biggest water fountain at a cost of Rs 69 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that they were constructing the country’s big island fountain, which would have water, fire and laser projectors. They were constructing an amphi theatre to accommodate 1,000 people. To avoid water pressures during the release of flood gates of the reservoir, he said that they were laying foundations for the construction of water fountains from 100 feet depth. The fountain would be having 2150 water nozzles and 96 fire nozzles. Besides, they had already ordered two boats for the project for the navigation facilities and boat ride for the tourists visiting the Karimnagar town. He also said that the several companies such as ITC, Taj groups were coming forward to set up hotels in Karimnagar town.
TS Planning board vice chairman B Vinod Kumar said that the MRF would emerge as gate-way for the pilgrims visiting Vemulawada, Kondagattu, Dharmapuri, Kaleshwaram etc of the north Telangana region. The MRF and cable-stayed bridge would be an added attraction for the tourists, he said.
As part of the project, they would construct a check dam to store water up to a distance of 5.5 kilometres from the LMD reservoir and maintain a width of 450 mts. Retaining walls would be constructed to store water up to a height of six metres throughout the year.
With the construction of retaining walls, they would get around 250 acres of land which would be used for gardens, theme parks, lighting parks, laser shows, and recreational facilities such as cottages, hotels, cinema halls, IT towers, cycling track, etc. Boating facility would also be introduced.