Measures have been taken for overall development of Bharachukki Falls located at Kollegal in Chamarajanagar district said Co-operation and District In-charge Minister H.S. Mahadevaprasad during his visit to the Falls on Sunday.

Speaking to the media persons after inspecting the development works at the Falls, Minister Mahadevaprasad said that Bharachukki Falls has been attracting a lot of local and foreign tourists. The State Government has already released Rs. 4.30 crore for developmental activities out of which the works worth Rs. 1.50 crore have been completed. Authorities have already completed the construction of view point, steps, railings, guest house and toilets.

Bharachukki is also considered as pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Muslims since it houses temples and dargas. Steps will be taken to provide basic facilities at the pilgrimage centres, he added.

Mahadevaprasad also mentioned that since the State has been getting good rainfall, inflow at both Kabini and KRS reservoirs have increased. The water inflow into Bharachukki has increased over the past few days since the Kabini dam is almost full. This has prompted us to think about organising a two-day ‘Jalapathotsava’ in association with the District Administration and Department of Kannada and Culture, during which several cultural and folk programmes would be organised, said the Minister.

There is already a Bharachukki Development Committee which is being headed by Revenue Department Sub-Divisional Officer Satish Babu. The authorities have collected Rs. 25 lakh through entrance fee which will be utilised for the developmental activities. The authorities are thinking to install permanent decorative lights at the falls along with the construction of a fountain. We are thinking in terms of developing Bharachukki Falls on par with Niagara Falls in USA, added the Minister.

Speaking on the occasion, MP R. Dhruvanarayan said that Centre had released sufficient funds for the development of Bharachukki Falls. Several developmental activities have been taken up since the past 4 years. Though the works are being done at a slow pace, quality has not been compromised. Additional funds will be sought after submitting a report on the completions of the first phase of works.

He also added that sufficient inputs had been given to concerned officials after inspecting the works at the Falls. “Union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi has been briefed regarding the need for additional funds for the development of tourist destinations in the district during a meeting which was held in the presence of State Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande,” said Dhruvanarayan.

He mentioned that a special package of Rs. 100 crore had been sought from Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande to develop the tourist destinations in the district.

MLAs R. Narendra and S. Jayanna, Assistant Revenue Department Sub-Divisional Officer Satish Babu, SP P. Rajendraprasad, Tourism Department Assistant Director Janardhan, Forest officials and others were present on the occasion.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore