Belagavi: One would have seen the viral video of China in which a tourists walking on a glass made bridge in a big valley and thrilling to walk on it. Now the people of Karnataka too can have similar thrill of walking on glass bridge and seeing the valley at Gokak falls beneath their legs and enjoy watching the Gokak falls more closely. In a bid to attract the tourists in large number towards Gokak falls which also known as Niagara of Karnataka, the minister for water resources, Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi has envisaged various development plans.

Inspired by the glass bridge in China, a similar bridge is being constructed at Rajgir in Bihar’s Nalanda district. Now the district in-charge minister, Ramesh Jarkiholi is planning to construct a similar bridge at just 20 meters away from the Gokak Falls. Apart from this, he has also planned to take up development works in next years at Godachinmalki and Hidkal dam area to attract more tourists in this region.

Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said that ‘The water resources department is supposed to take up the various works including a ‘Glass bridge and observation deck’ near the Gokak falls in the cost of Rs 350 crore. This work has delayed due to the COVID19 situation in the country. We have chalked out a plan for the systematic development at Gokak town and falls to make it an international tourist destination in the next three years.

He also informed that a place will be developed at the bank of the Ghataprabha river similar to the place at Haridwar which will allow the religious tourists to offer pooja. The plan also aimed to create water sports, boating and other adventurous activities to the tourists. Hidkal Dam, Gokak Falls and Godachinmalki falls are quite nearby and all the three would now be a ‘tourist hub’ as per the plan.

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