Monday, October 5, 2015

No building can come up around Shyamghad fort

The tourism department in Adilabad district has clarified that no private permanent structures will come up within the 200- meters radius of monument Shyam Ghad (fort) located near Nirmal town in Adilabad district of Telangana. The Fort was erected by the Nimma Naidu who ruled the area in 17th Century. The Nirmal word was derived from his name.

Nimma Naidu had encouraged the artisan community and their art. He had asked the Nakashi community to come to Nirmal and encouraged their paintings which were popular worldwide. Nirmal paintings and toys made of rare lightweight Poninki wood which was available in the Adilabad forests.     

Now, restoration works of collapsed and damaged walls of fort have been under taken at a cost of Rs 75 lakh. The officials denied reports of constructing any restaurant kind permanent structure inside and outside the fort. The restoration works are being supervised by the engineers of Archeological department.

District Tourism Officer V. Ravi Kumar made it clear that restoration were works were going as per the prescribed norms. Private contractor doing works under the supervision of archeological engineers.

He said the shed which was erected in front of the Shyamghad was made of prefabricated material and it was not a permanent structure to be used to issue tickets and rest room for tourists who visit the fort and added that same stones are being used in the restoration works but they were using ‘Dangu Sunnam’ material in construction of stone walls which were collapsed and got damaged.

However, the Tourism department officials are yet to arrange lighting and music system at the fort. Only snacks and tea will be made available at the Shyam Ghad for the tourists. Visitors are requested to avoid polluting the area and ensure sanitation and sanctity of the surroundings.  

On the other hand, Tourism department is planning for Rural Tourism Project at Kadthal on Nirmal bypass road to house various kinds of rural artifacts like Nirmal paintings and items made of brass by Ojha community of Adilabad.