Kolhapur to appoint panel to conserve heritage sites

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The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) is going to appoint a panel of experts to undertake conservation of heritage sites in the city. The sites identified by the civic administration for conservation are Sandhyamath, Rankala Tower, Dhunyachi Chavi and Panchganga Ghat-Mandir premises.

A senior official of KMC’s project department said, “We are going to spend Rs 55 lakh for the first phase of heritage sites conservation. The work will be completed in three to seven months and we are going to hire conservation experts to ensure that the heritage symbol of the structures does not fade away.”

The central government has launched Heritage City Development Scheme, abbreviated as HRIDAY. The city heritage committee has been requested by the civic authorities to study details of the scheme and propose plans to conserve various heritage sites in the city. There are over 50 heritage structures in the city most of which developed during the reign of legendary king and social reformer Shahu Maharaj which needs to be conserved.

“These heritage sites have potential to attract large number of tourists and the committee had once suggested the KMC to start heritage walk or plan excursion tours for visitors. We are going to approach public representatives to pitch for inclusion of the city in the scheme,” said the official.