Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday laid the foundation stone for developmental works worth Rs.25 crore, including an Ecopark at the hill shrine of Kotappakonda here. Addressing a public meeting, Mr. Naidu said that the all efforts would be done at make the hill shrine a top tourist destination in the State. In addition to a mini zoo, an eco park and a rope way would be laid soon to attract more tourists.
Tourist destination: - “The abode of god will be developed into a major tourist destination. The popularity of the temple can be gauged from the fact that its revenues have shored up from just Rs.10 lakh in 2004 to Rs.10 crore in 2015," he said. The CM also showered praises on Narasaraopet town saying that it would be developed into a satellite town to Amaravati. Further, a highway would be laid connecting Amaravati and Bengaluru via Anantapur through Narasaraopet. Express Highways would also be laid to Kurnool and Kadapa, he said.
Reminding that bifurcation has left the State crippled with a huge revenue deficit of Rs.16,000 crore, Mr. Naidu said he was trying to address food security in the State. The government has introduced e-POS facility to ensure that each BPL family gets 5 kg of rice. Further, interlinking of Godavari and Krishna rivers was being done to ensure that surplus waters from Godavari would be diverted to Krishna and further to Rayalaseema.
Water supply:- He also said that domestic and commercial users would get uninterrupted power supply. Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, Minister for Agriculture P. Pulla Rao, State Mahila Commission Chairperson N. Rajakumari and MLAs were present.