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  • May 2014

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has planned to revive the iconic Sewri Fort in Mumbai as a pilot project. The success of the project could be replicated to all other forts which are not by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) or the state directorate.

A proposal to revive tourism and to attract more tourists, at a cost of Rs. 11 crores at Sewri Fort \" famous as a location to spot the migratory Flamingoes \" has been mooted by MTDC. The make-up of Sewri Fort with a museum, mini-theatre, souvenir shop and an open deck restaurant is being proposed under the scheme.

“Tourists can take their own time, sip a cup of coffee and track the migratory bird from the comfort of an open deck restaurant which will be constructed outside the fortification wall and many of the forts across the state are in poor condition and have been encroached on, and many remain inaccessible or unknown to public. We just want to bring this rich heritage to the public through the fort circuit," said Dr. Jagdish Patil, Managing Director, MTDC.

The MTDC initiative is a significant development because, of the total 350 forts only about 19 have been notified by the ASI while another 50 have been notified by the state directorate Maharashtra has over half of the total forts in the country located mainly along the Sahayadri range, and Sewri is just one of the many forts located in Maharashtra, which the state corporation is developing as part of its fort circuit. Worli and Bandra forts are the other monuments in Mumbai, which the MTDC has planned to adopt.

A high level meeting of officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), BMC, MTDC, etc was held earlier may 2014, and a joint survey is expected to be completed in a month's time.

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