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Plan to develop Nandi Hills stuck due to red tape

People of Bengaluru may have to wait a little longer for Nandi Hills to become a full-fledged adventure sports destination.

Published: 13th March 2017 03:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2017 04:53 AM   |  A+A-

Poor coordination between different departments has held up a proposal to make Nandi Hills a spot for adventure sports

Express News Service

BENGALURU: People of Bengaluru may have to wait a little longer for Nandi Hills to become a full-fledged adventure sports destination. The proposal to convert Nandi Hills into an adventure destination has been on paper for a long time now. However, lack of coordination between multiple departments like horticulture, forest and tourism has prevented the project from materialising.
Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge said,“Development of Nandi Hills has always been high on our agenda, but too many inter-departmental issues are involved. All the departments have something to do with the project, including forest, ASI, revenue, horticulture and tourism. Bringing every department under a single platform is the major challenge.”

“We are in talks with all departments to realize our aim of transforming the hill into an adventure sports destination. Hopefully, things will fall into place soon.”
If all goes well, adventure activities and sports like nature awareness camp, bird watching and tree identification, heritage walk, team building and family fun activities, trekking, cycling, low and high rope course activities, Burma bridge, Burma loop, team wall, log walk, horizontal ladder, zip line, river crossing and rappelling will be a reality at Nandi Hills.
Situated 60 km away from Bengaluru, Nandi Hills has always been a favourite getaway for city dwellers. On a weekday, Nandi Hills witnesses over 3,000 visitors while on weekends and holidays, the footfall crosses 7,000.

An official from the Horticulture Department said, “Majority of visitors come to watch the sunrise and
stay till 10.45 am. There is a temple and 5-6 other viewpoints from where one can see the airport, Visvesvaraya’s village Mudenahalli and other villages.
The view of about 6-7 hills around mesmerizes visitors.”

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