Mangaluru: Plans are underway to puttur taluk panchayat and Bettampady gram panchayat to rejuvenate the only sacred natural hot spring in south indiawith the help of the tourist service and experts.
Bendru Thirtha, a reservoir near the Seere River in the village of Irde at Bettampady in Dakshina Kannada, is where pilgrims bathe believing that the water will cure skin diseases.
However, the reservoir has started to dry up in the summer in recent years. Lack of maintenance has also affected attendance here.
Shailaja Bhat, Deputy Director (Rural Employment), MGNREGA, at Puttur taluk panchayat said: “Since Bendru Thirta is neglected, we recently called a meeting of residents to discuss its rejuvenation. We sent a letter to the tourism department requesting expertise and support to scientifically revive the reservoir. We have asked the department for instructions on how to develop this as a premier tourist location. Officials from the tourism department have agreed to go there for a study,” she said.
To examine the reasons why the reservoir dries up in the summer, a study will be carried out by a geologist, she said.
“Our plan is to bring back the former glory of Bendru Thirtha through a scientific solution to restore the hot spring and attract tourists. It is said that the digging of wells in nearby villages might have affected the water source “We are ready to undertake the rejuvenation works through MGNREGA in association with the Department of Tourism. We have plans to develop the structure of the reservoir, a garden, a park and a fence to protect the area,” he said. she declared.
The tourism department had built a guesthouse near the tourist site about six years ago, but it is currently not in use due to lack of maintenance, she said. “A committee to develop Bendru Thirtha will soon be formed with the participation of the tourism department, experts and residents,” she said.