Boating, sports facility suspension costs Bhavani Island Rs 22 crore

As per decision taken during CM meeting, boating activities throughout AP will restart only after the establishment of eight boating control rooms. 

Published: 08th November 2019 10:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2019 10:21 AM   |  A+A-

​​Bhavani Island

Bhavani Island (File Photo |EPS)

Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA:   Bhavani Island has registered a loss of more than Rs 22 crore since September 11 as its boating facilities have been suspended. Speaking to TNIE,  manager of the island’s hotel Harinath said, “We have incurred huge losses as the 29 hotel rooms have remain unbooked over the past eight weeks. Also, non-usage of the island’s recreational facilities such as games, adventure sports and food stalls have cost us nearly Rs 8 to Rs 10 crore.” 

“Before the island was shut down, we registered a footfall of 800 to 1000 tourists every day. However, the number came down to 250 when it was partly reopened at the end of September for five days. Presently, the island wears a deserted look with absolutely no activity,” he added. As per the decision taken during the meeting held by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday, boating activities throughout the State will restart only after the establishment of eight boating control rooms. 

“The construction will take more than three months. Boating and water sports will be allowed only after the island’s facilities are inspected by the boat inspectors. Once the checks are completed, reports will be sent to the boat owners who will have to carry out repairs as per official instructions. However, this is a time-consuming process and may prove a bane for us,” said the island’s adventure sports in-charge Sudarshan.

Lack of work at the tourist spot has forced daily wage labourers employed there to look for new jobs. “For how many days shall we wait? We have to fulfil the needs of our families. I have started washing utensils at a restaurant in the city. Once the island is reopened, we will return,” said Lakshmi Amma, a daily wage labourer. The pause on boating has not only affected revenue generation but also interrupted the ongoing post-flood restoration works at the island. 

“We had to stop work as no one is allowed to go to the island. We took permission from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel for one day and managed to bring back the birds. We are now taking care of them at Berm Park. We do not know how we will bring the situation back to normalcy as we had to leave behind most of our equipments, which have probably rusted due to the dirty floodwater,” said the island’s general manager M Lalitha. 

Meanwhile, tourists across the State seem dejected as their favourite picnic spot seems to be unavailable for vana bhojanam during the ongoing Karthika masam.  “Earlier, people used to go to faraway places in search of wildlife and lush greenery. However, since the development of the island, it became the people’s go-to spot during Karthika Masam and we earned good revenue. Now, we are losing out on a lot at this point of the year,” Lalitha concluded.

Stay up to date on all the latest Vijayawada news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp