DNA | Last Modified - Jun 09, 2011, 07:28 AM IST
Jaipur: Next time you go to Nahargarh, you will have beautiful landscape, greenery and a pathway to walk on.
Nahargarh fort standing atop Aravali hill just above the Walled City of Jaipur is all set to get a facelift. Archaeology department has finally planned restoration work for the fort, which was once abode for nine queens of Sawai Jai Singh. Rs 2.11 crore will be incurred on this new plan which includes construction of toe walls and development of parking at the fort.
"We have divided the development of Nahargarh fort in two packages. In the first package, landscaping and pathway will be done along with one side of toe wall with a budget of Rs 86.47 lakh. In the second phase of the project, the remaining part of landscaping and toe wall work will be completed. We will be incurring Rs 97.61 lakh on the second phase," an official said.
The parking area at the fort will also be developed at a cost of Rs 27.44 lakh. Nahargarh once used to be favourite destination for hosting dinners when Rajasthan tourism development corporation (RTDC) used to operate two restaurants and a bar at the fort. Later, the bar and both the restaurants were closed down. Now the gate of fort closes down at five in the evening.
The RTDC had made grand plans to make Nahargarh. It planned for an amphitheatre at the fort to make it cultural hub of the city. However, nothing materialised. Now, the archaeology department has made a big plan for development of the fort.
"The toe wall and landscaping work at the fort will create a favourable ambience for the tourists coming during the day time. There will be more greenery at the fort and ample parking space to deal with the increasing number of tourists," an official said.