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Pandavula Gutta is older than Himalayan hills and identified as one and only Geo-heritage site in Telangana: Collector Bhavesh Mishra

JAYASHANKAR-BHUPALAPALLY, MARCH 12, 2024: As part of the ongoing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Geological Survey of India (GSI), Telangana state unit, Southern region, took a significant step forward in raising awareness about our rich geo-heritage by organizing a Geo-heritage walk at the esteemed Pandavula Gutta in Regonda mandal on Tuesday.

The event was graced by Collector Bhavesh Mishra, district forest officer J Vasantha, Geological Survey of India Directors A Anil Kumar and Anup N Kamble and others including a fusion of education, culture and nature conservation.

Speaking on the occasion, the Collector said that “Pandavula Gutta’s recognition as the sole Geo-heritage site by the Government of India is a notable honour for both Bhupalpally District and Telangana state. He highlighted the critical need to preserve such geo-heritage sites for the benefit of future generations, underscoring the geological significance, mineral resources, and natural formations that have taken millions of years to form. He stressed that it is the fundamental duty of the local community to safeguard and enhance the visibility of Pandavula Gutta.

He encouraged the attending students to pursue careers as geoscientists, following the example of the professionals from the Geological Survey of India present, and to contribute to the study of the nation’s mineral resources as part of national development efforts. He commended the Geological Survey of India (GSI) for its sustained efforts over the past 174 years and noted the current national requirement for critical mineral exploration, a task also undertaken by the Geological Survey of India. He also extended his congratulations to the GSI State Unit: Telangana team for organizing an awareness programme as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav initiated by the Government of India.

DFO J Vasantha expressed her pride for conducting the event within forest boundaries of the district and sharing her pleasure in participating in this historic event coordinated by GSI. She mentioned that during her field visits, they often discovered unique and colorful stones that sparked interest in studying the area’s geology.  A. Anil Kumar and Anup N Kamble, directors from the Geological Survey of India, highlighted the geological importance and the need to preserve the geo-heritage site at Pandavula Gutta for future generations.

The event saw significant participation from officers of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited, the State Ground Water Board of Bhupalpally District, and scientists from GSI, SU: Telangana, including  Punnam Laxmi Ravi, MPP, Regonda Mandal. The presence of public representatives and local educational institutions, including students from Zilla Parishad Secondary School, Tirumalagiri Village, and Montessori High School, Bhupalpally, was remarkable. Additionally, residents from the villages of Tirumalagiri, Ravulapally, Narayanapur, and Kottapally contributed significantly, underscoring the community’s deep interest in preserving their local heritage and environmental conservation.


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