Maharashtra: Portion of Kalyan's historic Durgadi fort collapses

14 June,2024 08:07 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

Following the collapse, the authorities cordoned off the area to avert untoward incidents

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A portion of the Kalyan's historic Durgadi fort in Maharashtra's Thane district reportedly collapsed on Friday, reported the PTI.

A video that surfaced on social media showed a portion of the bastion of the 17th-century structure in Kalyan had collapsed.

Following the collapse, the authorities cordoned off the area to avert untoward incidents.

Talking to reporters, the Shiv Sena's Kalyan unit chief, Ravi Patil, said the fort's renovation was delayed due to some issues with the archaeological department.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has already sanctioned Rs 12.5 crore for the fort's renovation, and the first instalment of Rs 2.50 crore has been disbursed, he said, reported the PTI.

Despite efforts, officials of the archaeological department could not be reached.

As per some records, Durgadi Fort, located near Kalyan Creek and Ulhas River, was built after the Maratha forces conquered the region from Adilshah in the 1660s.

The fort has a temple of Goddess Durga, from which the structure gets its name.

Civic officials directed to disconnect water, power supply to dangerous buildings in Thane

Meanwhile, the civic officials in Maharashtra's Thane city have been directed to disconnect water and power supply to residents who have not vacated their homes in buildings declared dangerous ahead of monsoons, an official said on Friday, as per the PTI.

Thane Municipal Commissioner (TMC) Saurabh Rao has asked assistant municipal commissioners to compile a list of C-1 buildings that are unsafe and inhabitable and urge occupants to vacate such structures.

At a meeting held on Friday, attended by suburban engineers, assistant commissioners, and health officers, the civic chief outlined a comprehensive action plan to address challenges posed by the impending monsoon in the state.

Thane civic chief Saurabh Rao directed officials to disconnect water, electricity, and sewage connections to occupied high-risk buildings to prevent potential hazards, the official said.

A total of 96 high-hazard buildings have been identified, with urgent action mandated for 37 currently occupied structures, he said.

Saurabh Rao has also ordered the removal of hoardings that don't have stability certificates or exceed approved sizes, the official said, the news agency reported on Friday.

(with PTI inputs)

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