MTDC sanctions Rs 6.5 crore to develop three Pune forts into tourist hotspots
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has sanctioned a budget of Rs 6,59,00,000 for the development of three forts in Pune district.
Among them is Raireshwar, which is technically not a fort, but an enormous plateau surrounded by thick woods. This site is 80km from Pune and easily accessible though private or public transport from Bhor. The Raireshwar temple, which is at least 200 years old, is maintained by the Jungam community, who reside in the area.
As per MTDC sources who asked not to be named at this point, a tender worth Rs 1,64,65,000 has been put out for the development of Raireshwar. Development work includes parking, restrooms and drinking water facilities. In 2008, solar lamps were installed on the route to Raireshwar. Some of them are not in working condition and it’s expected that development work will include the repair of these lamps.
MTDC will spend Rs 1,31,80,000 to develop another fort in Bhor, namely Rohita, a.k.a. Vichitragad.
The Rohida fort dates back to the Yadav dynasty in the eighth century. Bajiprabhu Deshpande is a famous warrior from the area who defended the Rohida fort.
MTDC will also spend Rs 3 crore on a lesser known fort, Parwadi, in the Baramati district.
“The small fort will be developed into a tourist destination. Development work will include pathways and tree plantations; and then a museum, auditorium, tourist centre, restaurant, tent facility and restrooms. Bullock cart rides and boating will also be started, according to MTDC officer Deepak Harne.
MTDC has already started working on a few forts in Junnar, after the taluka was announced as tourist destination this year.