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Updated: April 9, 2013 00:17 IST

A crying shame; time to take notice

Asif Yar Khan
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One of the famous and biggest on the Deccan Plateau, the Golconda Fort was built by the Qutub Shahi Kings. PHOTO: RAGHAV S CHAKRAVARTHY
The Hindu One of the famous and biggest on the Deccan Plateau, the Golconda Fort was built by the Qutub Shahi Kings. PHOTO: RAGHAV S CHAKRAVARTHY

The interiors of many a structure inside the magnificent fort have suffered a lot of damage thanks to defacing. This is in addition to the fact that right from Rani Mahal to Daad Mahal, every nook and cranny is marred by graffiti

Graffiti is taking a toll on mahals (palaces) in the Golconda Fort complex. Efforts of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to save the structure have not fructified. Right from Rani Mahal to Daad Mahal and Akkanna Madanna offices, every nook and cranny is marred by graffiti.

The interiors of many a structure inside the magnificent fort have suffered a lot of damage thanks to defacing. The authorities’ role seems to be limited to putting up sign-boards warning of action against those defacing the monument. In effect, no concrete steps have been taken to check the trend.

Another glaring aspect is the stamp of neglect. While the authorities are making huge efforts to keep the premises free of wild vegetation, workers burn garbage and dry plants inside the premises, thus giving the entire area a grimy look. Portions of walls behind Rani Mahal have turned black thanks to frequent burning of plants.

Visitors to the premises have limited access to drinking water. With public taps available only at two places, visitors are at the mercy of canteen owners.

Allegations of over-pricing are common. “A bottle of water that costs Rs. 20 is being sold for Rs. 22 or Rs. 23 here,” said R. Pavan, a visitor.

A large number of people visit the historic fort every day, and the number goes up on holidays.

However, the fort is not without positives. The vast premise has more than three lawns where visitors can sit and relax.

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