It is certainly strange that the local Adivasis find themselves deprived of the satisfaction and joy that foreigners get when visiting the fabulous waterfalls of the former united district of Adilabad.
The promise to develop at least some of the plethora of these natural wonders as places of tourist interest has yet to be fulfilled, which in turn delays possible efforts to provide gainful employment for young natives.
A look at the scenario, however, suggests that the government can forge ahead by providing a bit of help to enthusiastic young locals at given locations to earn an income while working as guides to visit nature lovers. The job creation situation for the unemployed looks particularly bright at Saptagundam waterfalls, seven wonders on the same stream in Lingapur Mandal, and Gundala cluster of waterfalls in Tiryani Mandal, both in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district .
Both of these places offer a ready-made situation, with some young people already offering their services as local guides cooking ethnic dishes and acting as porters, but unfortunately their recipes are paltry at best. These young people need a little push to add value to their service so that they can hope to earn a decent income for their efforts.
Closer observation will reveal another important factor that makes it imperative that there is a grip in the range. The opportunity to work as guides keeps them rooted in their environment, a characteristic of all ethnicities.
“If only we had a few camping tents,” mused Madavi Prem Kumar, a resident of Pittaguda village who often serves as a guide for visitors to Saptagundam Waterfalls. He leads a group of 6 or 7 youths from his village who work as guides to take visitors through the difficult terrain paying only Rs. 1,500.
Prem Kumar is a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced him to quit B.Tech. Having nothing better to do during the period, he and his friends often visited La Mitte and the other six waterfalls discovering the place.
His social media posts showcasing the wonderful bodies of water soon won him praise, and his knowledge of the area inspired him to become a guide. Afterwards, he opened a Google business account where his phone number gave him an identity as a local guide, which eventually got him to work.
“A lot of visitors want to spend more time in nature but we find ourselves powerless to organize an overnight stay for them. A few camping tents would be a great help in this regard,” he said.
Another group of young aborigines from the village of Gundala often end up “volunteering” as guides just out of love for nature. This group has Marsukola Ashok as their leader who is more inclined to become a full-time guide until he hopefully lands a teaching job given his MA, D.Ed.
“Access to the mesmerizing waterfalls including Gundala, the two Checheras near Mangi and the Chintala Madara is through dense forest and challenging hills. Without a guide, no visitor can afford to fully enjoy the waterfalls,” he observed, which requires some sort of intervention. to help young people in the region turn this opportunity into gainful employment.
Tiryani Mandal forest is attracting a lot of interest among scholars and the like. The young people in question can work as guides thanks to their excellent knowledge of the terrain.
“These places should become tourist hotspots and independent native boys should simultaneously be a part of them,” said Arugula Vikas, a tech-savvy visitor from Hyderabad. “We liked how they got us to this difficult place safely,” he added of the service provided by Pittaguda Group.