Every weekend, Punekars visit Sinhgad Fort in huge numbers. This usually leads to a chaotic situation of traffic congestion and overcrowding. Thus, these problems have forced the forest department to enforce several restrictions on the tourists.
The forest department has decided to create a second Sinhgad in the eastern part of the city.
The replica of this fort will be situated on the Dhanori hill over 450 acres of barren land.
Now re-creating such iconic fort cannot be managed single-handedly. So, Pune Municipal Corporation has joined hands with District Planning and Development Committee to initiate this project. To start off the work, PMC has already sanctioned Rs 1.5 crore.
With the joint efforts of the forest department, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the state Eco-Tourism Development Board (MEDB), the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) and deemed universities located around east Pune, the project will be completed by 2019.
Talking to PuneMirror, Rangnath Naikade, deputy conservator of forests (DCF), Pune circle said,
The Sinhgad fort cannot bear the pressure of the crowds the flock there every weekend. Also, the eastern part of the city has no such recreational space. Dhanori is a neglected area and the hill is also under threat of encroachments. Considering all these facts, we decided to develop this hill as an eco-tourism centre.
Talking more about this project, Naikade said,
We put forth the proposal before PMC and civic officials were willing to pay their share. We also received a positive response from the state government and DPDC. PMC has already deposited Rs 1.5 crore and we are now in talks with various private universities located near the hill - DY Patil College, Vikhe Patil school, Saint Joseph’s School, Saint Mount Patrick Academy and others. We have also formed a joint forest management committee which all these parties will be part of.
Information source: punemirror
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