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Kondapalli Fort to get chemical treatment soon

Kondapalli Fort near Vijayawada.Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR
M. Srinivas VIJAYAWADA: 21 September 2014 11:39 IST
Updated: 21 September 2014 11:41 IST

Special Chief Secretary (Tourism) directs officials to protect the monument

Come November, visitors at the ancient Kondapalli Fort will enjoy a visual treat with the Department of Archaeology and Museums is all set to give a chemical conservation treatment to the citadel to lend an aesthetic touch to it.

A three-member team, led by Archaeology Department Assistant Director K. Chitti Babu, inspected the fort built by Prolaya Vema Reddy in the 14th century, on Thursday and finalised on the chemical treatment works estimated to cost Rs.15 lakh. A Hyderabad-based chemist Rambabu assisted the team. The ‘Gajasala’, ‘narthakasala’ and the front portion of the fort will be covered under the first phase which is expected to commence next month, said officials.

Scaffolding will be put in place to carry out the works. “Fungus has developed at many places and trees have branched out of walls in the fort structures necessitating these works. Chemical treatment is needed to protect the historic monument,” explained Mr. Babu. A few weeks ago, Special Chief Secretary (Tourism) Chandana Khan visited the fort and asked officials to take steps to protect the monument on all fronts.

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The dilapidated structure, which is included in the mega tourism circuit proposed to be developed in this region, is 16 km from Vijayawada. “We are hopeful of getting more revenue if amenities are provided at the structure,” said Mr. Babu.

At present, close to 400 people visit the fort every month and if proper facilities are provided, more tourists may visit the site, he felt.

Plans are also afoot to start sound and light show akin to the Golconda Fort shortly, besides developing landscaping and a cafeteria, officials added.

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