The members of Kakatiya Tradition Conservation and Tourism Promotion Society have demanded the state government to initiate measures to release a postal stamp on Ramappa Temple.
Commemorating the 800th anniversary of the construction of the historic Ramappa Temple, the government should release the stamp and print the image of the temple on coinage of different denominations, they said.
The state government should send a proposal to the Centre in this connection, noted the society president Shashikumar Mekala. Speaking to press persons here on Sunday, he also wanted the government to name any of the Indian railway services as Ramappa Express.
Year-long celebrations must be held to mark the 800th anniversary, he added. He said that Ramappa and the 1000 Pillar Temples in the district were of great archeological and historic importance and hence efforts should be made to get ‘World Heritage’ status from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Shashikumar wanted the government to come out with specific action plan by August 15, 2012; otherwise, he warned that he would take up a fast-unto-death in support of his demands.
He went on to add that Warangal district completes 107 years of its existence and marking the same grand celebrations have to be conducted on October 2, 2012. He suggested the government to set up a committee for the protection of ancient structures in Warangal.
A social activist and the leader of Lok Satta Parcha Kodandarama Rao speaking on the occasion appealed to the government to clear illegal structures in Warangal Fort and to develop it as an international tourist attraction.
He advised the government to hold an investment meet inviting the firms that have been working in the field of hospitality, tourism and entertainment to make investments in tourism related activities here.
The government should also come up with special packages for the benefit of the tourists.
For a better connectivity to the historic spots in the district the APSRTC has to run special buses, they suggested. [The Hans India]