Pune: Part of “Ganesh Darwaja” at Lohagad Fort in Maval tehsil fell, prompting local residents to approach the Archaeological Survey of India, which maintains the fort, for repairs to ensure safety visitors.
They said that parts of the structure, made of stone and lime, break and fall at regular intervals.
A senior Archaeological Survey of India official told TOI: “We have received a report in this regard from the locals. Our team will inspect the fallen structure. Based on our findings, we will carry out the necessary work on the site.
Regarding the closure of the fort, the official said: “We have not yet made a decision on this. We will decide once the inspection is completed.
Around 1,000 visitors visit the fort daily, located near the Lonavala hill station. The maximum tourists come from Pune and Mumbai.
Shivaji Maharaj had captured the fort for the first time in 1648 from the Mughals.
The fort is one of the favorite destinations for hikers and visitors alike due to its scenic location and historical significance. Another famous fort is located opposite this one.
Nagesh Margale, sarpanch, village of Lohgad, said: “Parts of the security wall of the steps have become weak. Stones are falling in some places. A large stone fell on the passage near the main gate of the fort. In addition, the stones of Ganesh Darwaja have already fallen. The wall of Lakshmikothi has become weak. The Archaeological Survey of India must complete the work sooner rather than later given the growing number of tourists after the fort reopened last month. ”
Part of the villagers said there were seven security guards at the fort.
“However, they are unable to control the crowd on the fort. Many tourists click on selfies, photos and shoot videos. We cannot rule out accidents. It is therefore necessary to appoint more guards at the fort, ”said Santosh Margale, another villager.