Alorna Fort to be restored

Alorna Fort to be restored

Department of Archives and Archaeology (DAA), Goa has allotted the work of restoration of the 17th century Alorna fort in Goa to a private firm , which stands on the banks of the scenic Chapora river. Restoration of the fort is estimated to cost approximately Rs 67 lakh. Work on restoration of the fort will start immediately. The facade will be recreated as per Lopesí sketch and one of the bastions will also be restored. An information gallery at the fort will also be built to help the tourists to know more about the fort.

Alorna Fort also known as Halarn fort is one of the oldest forts in Goa. It is situated 30-km from the town of Mapusa. It was constructed by the Bhonsles of Sawantwadi in the 17th century, to defend against the Maratha attacks. From there, one can get a good view of the surrounding river and land. The Portuguese seized control here when Marquis of Castello Novo captured it in 1746. The fort is currently in ruins and filled with wild vegetation.

The local panchayat had been pleading with the government to turn its attention to the crumbling monument. A task force (TF) on forts constituted by the government about two decades back had in its report also suggested various conservation measures for better maintenance of the centuries-old citadels.

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