The seven stray forts in Maharashtra have been granted ‘protection status’ by the State Archaeology department. Under this, the forts are – Sangram Durg or Chakan fort in Pune, Yashwantgad (Redi) fort in Sindhudurg and Bandkot in Ratnagiri, among others, with plans to protect 48 more.
These forts are built by the Marathas in the 18th century, many of these forts are a part of over 56 stray monuments in the State that neither come under the state archaeology department nor the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Currently, there are 400 forts in the State, with only 90 under protection.
According to the Times of India, Tejas Garge, director, state department of Archaeology and Museums, told that with the help of Maharashtra’s Fort Conservation Committee, the department had proposed protection to close to 56 forts and temples, which are currently neither under it nor the ASI. He also added, “Of the 56 monuments, seven have been granted protection status, while the remaining 48 may also get this status in future.”
Garge said that the procedure to get protection for monuments as long as revenue recorded from the concerned district collectorates have to be obtained. He said, “In most cases, the monuments are under the ownership of the government. But there are some cases in which we need the transfer of ownership”.
Sources – Times of India