KARNATAKA

102 families shifted from fort area

CHITRADURGA, AUG. 21. The three-decade-old problem of encroachments in the Chitradurga fort area has been resolved with the shifting of as many as 102 families from the fort area to a colony built for them by the district administration.

The process of shifting to the colony in the outskirts of the town began on Friday. The reacquisition and demolition of the unauthorised structures in fort area has also begun.

The Chitradurga City Municipal Council (CMC), the Survey Department, and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted a joint survey and identified around 102 unauthorised structures in the fort area. The same committee, in the second phase of its survey, found around 990 encroachments. The Government is now removing the encroachments identified in first phase.

The former Union Minister for Tourism Jagmohan visited the fort six months ago and sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for the improvement of facilities and beautification of fort. The Deputy Commissioner, M.A. Sadiq, had also requested the Union Minister to grant Rs. 30 lakhs for the rehabilitation of evacuees from the fort area. The district administration swung into action as soon as Rs. 15 lakhs was released from the Union Government.