Friday, October 23, 2015

Jal , Jungle and Jameen arch at Jodeghat

 Jal , Jangal and Jameen Arch at Jodeghat
The Jal, Jangal and Jameen arch is coming up at Jodeghat where Adivasi legendary Komaram Bheem died fighting with Nizam forces for sovereignty on 12 villages and land, forest and water in Kerameri mandal in 1940. Jal and jangal and Jameen arch is being constructed as it reflects the aspirations of the Adivasis.  

State government is developing the area as a tourist and historical place by constructing tribal museum, amphitheater, multi media hall and Komraum Bheem memorial to attract the tourists.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao may inaugurate the Arch Jal Jangal and Jameen and lay foundation stone to a park on the occasion of 75th death anniversary of Komaram Bheem on October27.

The project is being taken up at a cost of total Rs 25 crore and admonition sanction was given for Rs 18 crore under first phase. A video album was shot at Jodeghat to popularize the project to attract the tourists to develop the place under tourist circuit. The Department of the Tourism is planning to develop the places.

Kumra Manikrao of Jodeghat said for the first time some people looking like foreigners with grey and white hair came to their gudem and it was cultural shock for many of the villagers present on seeing the dressings, behavior and body language of foreigners and added that they spoke in English but villagers could not understand and one person came with them translated into Telugu.

The foreigners took photographs with villagers and all the villagers laughed at them as many of them including women wore shots and sleeveless tops and the entire area of Jodeghat and its surroundings of pristine jungles by using Helicopter camera and there was a photo shoot.

Komaram Baderao expressed concern about their indigenous culture and traditions and expressed anxiety about coming days saying that they don’t know what more they were going to see in future after Jodeghat was fully developed as tourist place.

Most of Adivasis of the Jodeghat were clueless about what was coming up at their village and some of them say that their leader Komaram Bheem’s puthla (statue) was coming up.

Adivasi leaders have started expressing fear of penetration of non- tribals into interior Jodeghat area and will exploit natural resources in the forest just after project was developed as tourist place.

The Adivasis also expressed fear of  non- tribals and outsiders will indulge in sexual exploitation of their gullible Adivasi women in the guise of offering employment under Tourism development like in the Araku valley where Adivasis are inhabitants in the Andhra Pradesh.