Fort Warangal renovation may miss deadline

Fort Warangal renovation may miss deadline

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Development and beautification works taken up under Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) at the historical Fort Warangal in the city are progressing at a very slow pace and it is feared that at this pace, the project may miss November 2018 deadline. Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) is the executing agency of HRIDAY projects. It is reported that the KUDA is yet to take up major works except taking up clearance of jungle on the rock fort.

The major works proposed to be taken up at Fort Warangal include the revival of moat along the rock fort at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore, lighting with Rs 1.5 crore and revival of Sringara Bavi (an old well) at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore. The other works are construction of a footover bridge at the north gate, walking track, illumination and toilets.

It may be noted that the Union government had sanctioned Rs 40 crore for Warangal city under HRIDAY for preserving its character. Under HRIDAY historical sites such as Thousand Pillar temple, Bhadrakali tank bund, Kazipet Dargah, Fort Warangal, Jain idols and Padmakshamma Hillock are to be developed.