Guntur: The government has decided to set up a medicinal plant park in the area around Kondaveedu fort. In a bid to promote medical tourism, the park will be hosting an exclusive Ayurveda healthcare-cum-rejuvenation centre on the hilltop.
The reserve forest in and around the fort area is home to several rare medicinal plants and can. Ayush commissioner P Usha Kumari along with 35 senior officials of the department visited the Kondaveedu fort area on Friday. Taking note of the several dozens of rare plants in the region, Usha Kumari decided to depute a delegation of experts in medicinal plants from the department to the area to ready a blueprint for the healthcare centre and medicinal plant park. The Ayush commissioner spent close to three hours in the area and interacted with Kondaveedu Fort Development Society convener Kalli Sivareddy.
Speaking to the media, Usha Kumari said Kondaveedu can become a major hub for medical tourism. Setting up an exclusive healthcare-cum-rejuvenation centre would not only attract tourists from across the globe but also help the government add to its revenues, she said and added that Kerala is encouraging Ayurveda-based health centres by tapping into its resources in medicinal plants.
“AP has all the strengths to become the biggest centre for medical tourism particularly in the area of Ayurveda. We will promote the concept in a big away beginning with Kondaveedu,” she explained.
Botanical experts, she said, have found several plants in Kondaveedu that could prove to be useful in treatment of critical kidney diseases, fevers, spinal disorders and diarrhoea. “The cool green environs of Kondaveedu fort region itself will help improve health by reducing the stress. Allowing people to stay for two to three days where ill definitely make them beat all odds in their life,” said Usha Kumari.
Sivareddy explained the significance of various historical structures on the fort to the officials. He said several developmental works were taken up on the initiative of local legislator V Rajani Kumari, finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy and principal advisor to the chief minister Ajeya Kallam. He accompanied the team to Yogi Vemana mandapam, the mosque, the dining hall of the 13th century Reddy kings, Puttalamma cheruvu, Mutyalamma cheruvu, Vedulla Cheruvu and the museum.