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Proposal to develop Kaulas fort sent to Centre

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NIZAMABAD, FEB. 28. The Department of Archaeology and Museums has prepared a proposal to develop the historic Kaulas fort in Jukkal mandal and posed it to the Centre for funds.

The Director of Archaeology and Museums, J. Kedareshwari, on Saturday spoke to newsmen after a surprise visit to the district museum here. She was accompanied by the Assistant Director, P. Vengal Redy, the Assistant Director (Technical), K. Sai Bhakta Keshava, the Assistant Director (Conservation), Rahim Shah Ali, and the District Tourism Promotion Officer, Shyju.

She said discussions had been held with Rathi Vineja, Joint Secretary in the Department of Tourism, Government of India, to develop the ancient fort. She said the Archaeology Department was also keen on developing the place into a tourist destination. The fort is situated about 200 km from Hyderabad on the Sangareddy-Nanded-Akola State highway. It is well connected and there are good transportation facilities available to the tourists.

The department has begun the process of clearing the wild growth around the fort. Some of the historic temples in and around the fort are likely to be declared as protected monuments. Plans are afoot to declare Kailash Kund and Iklas Khan tank inside the fort, besides the ancient temple at Bichkunda, protected monuments.

Dr. Kedareshwari asked officials to study the feasibility of introducing a ropeway on the lines of the Bhongir fort. She felt that a hanging rope bridge across the Kaulas fort would be an added tourist attraction. The Government had taken up similar work in Bhongir fort. The district Collector, D.V. Raidu, who interacted with officials concerned extended support to the Archaeology Department venture. Dr. Kedareshwari, who paid a visit to Dichpalli Ramalayam at Quilla Dichpalli village, near Nizamabad, said the Government has taken up works to give it a facelift.

The department had spent Rs.1.80 lakhs to give chemical wash to the 17th century temple constructed on the lines of Khajuraho temple. The beautiful Rama temple is built of white and black basalt stone. She inspected the works and issued necessary instructions to the staff.

She said that staff was busy plugging the leakages from the roof of the temple and bastions. Steps were being taken to repair the staircase and provide railings as a safety measure.

The authorities were taking up landscaping and beautification of the temple. The Minister for School Education, Mandava Venkateswara Rao, launched the works yesterday.

The Archaeology Department is preparing a baseline data of all the households of Quilla Dichpalli village. This data would be helpful in preparing a booklet on the importance of the temple and highlight its significance.

The other main idea is to identify the ancient houses, which could be turned into paying guest accommodation with little modification, so as to provide accommodation to the visiting tourists. The Government would spent a little money to repair the houses and make them fit for stay. With regard to the museums, Dr. Kedareshwari said plans were afoot to set up a mini library in every museum. Information kiosks with Internet facility would be set up at the museums.

To help the handicapped persons visit the museums, special ramps would be constructed.

Open sculptural gallery is planned on the premises of the district museum.

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