Rama Krishna Sangem
BRS Rajya Sabha MP J Santosh Kumar has announced adopting about 1,095 acres of forest that is spread around famous Kondagattu Anjaneya Swami temple in old Karimnagar district. This is to mark BRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR)’s 68th birthday on February 17, Friday. The work of adoption will be taken care by Santosh’s initiative, Green India Challene (GIC).
Santosh told Excel India that the cost of adaption of this forest areas would cost around Rs 22 crore, at the rate of Rs 2 lakh per acre. The forest is part of Kodimial reserve forest in two compartments – No 684 of 752 acres and 685 of 342 acres. This entire forest envelops the famous Kondagattu temple visited by devotees from all over Telangana and outside too.
CM KCR went to Kondagattu temple on February 15, Wednesday and announced a massive Rs 600 crore development fund to make the temple a major pilgrim center in the country. This is in addition to Rs 100 crore already announced for the development. After renovating the famous Yadadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, KCR is now set out to develop Kondagattu too, on a similar scale.
Known as Green MP, Santosh, founder of GIC campaign promotes the cause of greenery and environmental protection, wanted to contribute to KCR’s call. “As the honorable CM Sri KCR garu announced renovation of #Kondagattu temple with Rs 600 crore, I thought it will be fitting to adopt 1,095 acres o Komidyal reserve forest as part of #GIC. Will do the honours on the occasion of the legendary leader’s birthday tomorrow,” tweted Santosh.
This will only increase greenery
Santosh’s move will only increase greenery in this forest that is governed by the central forest laws and is under the strict monitoring of the reserve forest officers. Though many people appreciated the MP’s decision to adopt close to 1,100 acres, some expressed doubts over it will benefit him in some or the other manner. However, the forest officials who spoke to Excel India said that such misconceptions are unfounded.
Already, Santosh has adopted forests near Keesara Gutta near Hyderabad of around 2,042 acres and spent his MP funds to promote greenery there. Responding to the MP’s call, several celebrities, including Tollywood star Nagarjuna too adopted around 1,000 acres of forest to promote greenery. The fresh adoption of forests at Kondagattu temple area will enhance the scenic and environmental beauty of the pilgrim centre.