While renovation works are going on at the two Buddhist sites of Thotlakonda and Bavikonda, there are some challenges on the way to beautification of these sites and surroundings.
Littering at Thotlakonda site and use of government road in Bavikonda by private parties are being frowned upon by heritage lovers. Some plans for their litter-free maintenance is also being mulled upon, reports The Times of India.
Opposite Thotlakonda, a couple of paan shops have sprung up on the beach, which are also selling food items besides cigarettes and soda. This is adding to the nuisance in the area. Apart from that, inside and around Thotlakonda, which offers a scenic sea view and where the Navy’s radar has been placed, picnickers often park their vehicles and litter the area.
Sohan Hatangadi, a heritage activist, who is also associated with the works, said, “Enforcement of rules and regulations are required by various stakeholders such as the departments of archaeology, tourism and Vuda so that littering is stopped. Entrance to the site should also be regulated and nobody should be allowed after 5 pm. At Bavikonda, ticketing system would commence once the site is ready. But the government road uphill to Bavikonda is being used by a private party as some construction works are going on behind the heritage site. A separate road needs to be made for it.”