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Belum Caves Festival postponed

Festival likely to be organised after Sankranti in January, says official

The Belum Caves Festival has been postponed to January due to dates clashing with Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan’s visit to the district. The earlier plan was to organise the festival on December 21 and 22. However, with the Governor’s district tour being on December 22, the plans were put off.

Joint Collector 2 Syed Khaja Mohiuddin told The Hindu that alternative plans were made earlier to celebrate the festival on December 28 and 29. However, as they are clashing with the dates of Visakha Utsav, the district authorities are forced to postpone the festival.

District Tourism Officer B. Venkateswarlu said that the Ministers were visiting Visakha Utsav and wouldn’t be able to make it to the Belum Caves Festival if the dates clashed. However, he added that they are in communication with the higher-ups and would conduct the festival as soon as the schedule is approved by Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao.

“We expect the festival to be organised in January, post-Sankranti,” said Mr. Mohiuddin.

The government released about ₹1 crore to the festival, which is to be celebrated in a bid to promote Belum Caves. The district authorities have decked up the caves and erected temporary structures.

“We are completely prepared to launch the festival as soon as the government gives us the green signal,” said Mr. Venkateswarlu.

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