Belagavi: The plan to renovate historical Belagavi Fort in the cost of Rs 25 crores under the Smart City project has been dropped officially by the Belagavi Smart City Limited (BSCL). The project has been cancelled due to negative response by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), under which the fort and surrounding area come.
According to BSCL MD Shashidhar Kurer, the company made correspondence with MoD for the 16 times but in vain. Even the chief secretary and secretary level officers of the union urban development department wrote letters to the MoD officially for granting permission for the renovation of the Fort, and to set-up recreational facilities, without transferring the land title but get no response. Since all the efforts failed, BSCL dropped the project.
The TOI, in its report says, an MoD officer clarified there is a rule in MoD that, to get a requested land, an equal amount of alternative land had to be given. The MoD had sent its proposal to the state government in the past in this regard but got no response. According to the officer, BSCL wants to invest funds on the project and set-up new recreational facilities, which means state government wants the title of the land.
There were plans to rejuvenate the moat surrounding the fort and make boating facility. Plans also included restoration of cracked walls of the fort, bastions, entry gates and other ruined parts to bring back its past glory. Developing the museum, installing high-tech street lamps, laser show and many more things.
In 2010, during the World Kannada Meet, the MoD had given permission to for cleaning the Fort as well as the moat and decorate the historical structure with colourful lightings.