Bengalureans have another reason to rejoice as Nandi Hills, a tourist hotspot located in the Chikkaballapur district which serves as a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers is set for renovations thanks to an announcement by the Infosys Foundation.
Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the major IT company Infosys announced on their website that they have undertaken various renovation initiatives costing Rs 75 Lakhs which focuses on the construction of new pathways and stone steps.
“Infosys Foundation’s restoration project involved the reconstruction of the pathways and steps that lead to the birth place of the Arkavati river, which originates in the lap of Nandi Hills. Also, some of the damaged walls near Tipu’s Drop were renovated and beautified,” read a part of the press release.
They pointed out that the department had abysmally failed to develop the Nandi Hills. Visitors face many problems such as a lack of safe drinking water, toilets clean gardens and rest houses. A few visitors said that the department had failed to curb monkey menace.
The then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had assured in 2010 that the government would spend Rs 15 crore for the development of Nandi Hills. Similarly, in October 2016, Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge had said that a comprehensive master plan would be implemented at a cost R 50 crore within three months and the works would begin in four months. However, DH in October of this year reported that neither of these projects had ultimately taken off.