Last chance of Fort Conservation
is Project Sudhagad ?
is a beautiful fort located near the town of
(famous as one of the Ashtavinayaka locations). The
fort was under the princely state of Bhor and hence was
under maintenance till
independence. Due to this fact a lot of construction on the
fort is intact. However, neglect over the past five decades
has caused a lot of damage to the surviving
Sudhagad is an activity taken up by Kshitiz group of Dombivli
in order to prevent further deterioration of this valueless
are over 300 forts in this region. However, Sudhagad was
chosen for the activity for the following main reasons
ease of access from Mumbai and its
good amount of structure is intact. So there is scope to
save a lot
abundant water and shelter a big group can stay overnight
for the activity
is causing Sudhagad’s deterioration?
is the unfortunate case with most of our forts, following are the
main reasons why Sudhagad is getting destroyed day by
of vegetation on fortifications – Large trees have grown on the
fortifications. The force exerted by their roots is so enormous, that even
huge stone bricks weighing hundreds of kgs are actually displaced
from their location. This in turn causes gradual collapse of the
of Rainwater – The original structure has provisions for drainage
of rainwater. However, these gutters and channels are blocked by
soil and rocks, forcing the water to flow over the steps causing
Interference (graffiti, carelessness etc), which is unfortunately
seen at all our archeological sites.
has been done so far under the Project?
removal of small trees, shrubs and cactus from important
with removal of soil and rocks that are piled up in the Maha
of plastic garbage
still could be done?
is a fort with a large area on top and has many interesting
structures. What Kshitiz started in June 2004 is just the beginning.
A lot can be done to bring Sudhagad as close to its past glory as
possible. However, need of the day is to prevent its
a Herculean task, it can be accomplished with the help of right
resources and more importantly, our will !
A beautiful archeological site closely related to our
recent history will soon be destroyed, if not saved in time. And to
do that we need
of the team for conservation of