DC effect: Stepwell to be a tourist spot

Collector promises an action plan to revive the structure.

Warangal: After years of negligence, the district administration finally set its eyes on the ancient stepwell in Shiva Nagar, which is known locally to be Queen Rudrama Devi’s swimming pool. Responding to a story published in the columns of this newspaper on Sunday, district collector Amrapali Kata and GWMC commissioner Sruthi Ojha inspected it on Monday and directed officials to take steps for its revival.

The well which was in a bad state till now was cleaned by the GWMC sanitation workers. The undergrowth on the top-level of the three-storied well was removed. The garbage dumped inside the well was removed and the corridors which reeked of foul smell were cleaned.

Officials of the archaeology, tourism, revenue, RWS and other departments arrived for inspection of the well.

The district collector and the GWMC commissioner inspected the first-level of the well and spoke to local archaeologist Aravind Arya Pakide and came to know about the historical importance of the well and its architectural significance. The collector asked the district tourism officer about the measures that need to be taken to turn it into a tourism spot. She enquired about the depth and dimensions of the well.

"This is our first inspection of the well. We will take reports from all the departments and draw a plan of action for the revival of the well. We will be able to speak about our plan only after two weeks. For now, we have decided to remove all the dirty water inside the well and clean it," Ms. Amrapali said.

Archaeologist Aravind, who has been studying the well for the last couple of year, thanked the collector for her readiness to preserve the well. He appealed to her to allocate funds for the development of the stepwell from schemes like HRIDAY as Warangal has been recognised as a heritage city and the well would remain as another masterpiece to showcase the history of Warangal city.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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