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Hyderabad: Telangana government’s plan to construct a ropeway between two famous temples -- Bhadrakali and Padmakshi – under Warangal Municipal Corporation limits hangs in balance as local civic authority has claimed that it forwarded the project report to the government, whereas the state municipal authorities maintained that no such report was received so far.      

The Greater Warangal Smart City Corporation Limited sent a proposal to the Municipal Administration department for a ropeway connecting the Bhadrakali temple and Padmakshi temple. The idea was to provide a special facility to temple-bound tourists visiting Warangal. The distance between Bhadrakali temple and Padmakshi temple is about 3 km via road and in between lies a lake. 

The ropeway reduces the distance to 1.7 km. The authorities proposed to have a ropeway between these two temples as it would increase the tourist footfall. They have allocated Rs 3 crore for the plan under the Smart City project of the Central government.  Apart from the ropeway, the authorities have proposed to have a heritage museum at Padmakshi temple which was planned to showcase the art and architecture of the Kakatiyas. 

It was also planned to restore the tank at the foot of the hill by opening rain water channels leading to it and to build ghats around the tank.  Officials said the two temples lie on the hillocks and if these two are connected through ropeway, the temples would attract more tourists. 

The project was conceived during December 2017 and it has been almost six months. Then MAUD secretary Navin Mittal emphasised the need to focus on those projects which have a visible and transformative impact on the lives of the citizens of the city.

The Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation officials said they have sent the detailed project report (DPR) to the Telangana State Tourism Corporation for further action. However, the officials of the TSTDC said they had not received any such DPR. 

TSTDC MD B Manohar told The Hans India that the proposal was once discussed at a meeting but nothing concrete was done with regard to the project. “Once we receive the DPR we would proceed further on the project,” said Manohar.