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Measures initiated to renovate Chitradurga fort

Firoz Rozindar

Lack of maintenance has robbed the structure of its sheen


Rs. 10 lakh released for repair of ancient mint

Silt in Akka-Tangi honda to be removed at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh




HERITAGE MONUMENT:An ancient mint is among the major tourist attractions at the fort.

Chitradurga: The Department of Archaeology has decided to restore the grandeur of the Chitradurga fort by renovating some of the structures such as the ancient mint, the administrative office of the palegars (feudal kings) and the Akka-Tangi honda, a pond.

These structures are among the major tourist attractions here. However, owing to lack of maintenance, they have lost their sheen.

“We have decided to give a facelift to these structures built by the ancient rulers of the district,” said Rajanna, Director of the Department of Archaeology.

Funds released

He said that Rs. 10 lakh had been released for the renovation of the mint. “It has also been decided to use a mixture of clay, limestone and hay instead of cement. This mixture will be prepared and kept for over two months before it is used. This ancient method of construction has proved durable,” he said.

The department constructed a wall last year in the fort using this mixture to test its strength. The wall had remained intact so far, he said. The ancient batheris (watch towers) had already been renovated since certain portions of them had developed large cracks. The silt in the Akka-Tangi honda would be removed as part of the renovation work. “We will spend around Rs. 10 lakh for the renovation of this pond, which is one of the primary sources of water to the Sante Honda, one of the reservoirs here,” he said and added that the objective of the project was to make the fort attractive to tourists.  

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