Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated the month-long second Jal Mahotsav (aqua festival) amidst fanfare at Hanuvntiya island on the back water of Indira Sagar dam in MP’s Khandwa district on Thursday. On that occasion, the CM also unveiled the Hanuwantia extension project master plan on 308-hectare land.
The CM said the extension plan will be in force for next 10 years and after five years the government will review it. He added that this is the first time when the urban and rural investment departments have prepared a master plan for the development of a tourist spot jointly. Boriyamal and Dharikot, which are situated near Hanuwantia, were declared wild safari areas. After his inaugural speech, the CM flagged off a boat race to mark the beginning of festival.
Situated about 150 km from Indore and 50 km from Khandwa, Hanuwantia was all decked up to welcome tourists and the entire sports complex was decorated with colourful buntings.
Various land and water adventurous activities were held on the opening day of the festival. The sky was filled with cololurful kites and tourists enjoyed the para motor ride, water para sailing, water jorbing and other activities.
As part of security measures, all activities at the complex were being monitored by drone-controlled aerial videography. In addition, an arrangement of battery-operated cars was also made for the convenience of a large number of tourists. Tourists from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Tamilnadu and other places besides foreign countries have already started reaching Hanuvantiya.