Hyderabad: The famous Kuntala waterfalls in Adilabad district will be developed as an eco-tourism centre soon, Forests Minister Jogu Ramanna has said. The Minister said it was unfortunate that because of lack of safety measures at the popular picnic site, as many as 136 people had died in different accidents over the past several years.
Most of the deaths occured as a result of people stepping into the water or trying to climb the falls and either getting washed away or drowning in the water.
Ramanna on Wednesday discussed safety steps that can be taken at the water falls as well as creation of facilities for tourists at Kuntala. All the development work will be in tune with the principles of ecotourism without causing any damage to the local environment, the Minister said.
He said officials will discuss development related issues with residents of Kuntala to ensure that they are on board with the new plans and to ensure that their interests are not affected.
A team of officials will soon visit the area to finalise the development plans, the minister added.
The meeting on Kuntala waterfalls development was attended among others by Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, PK Jha.