Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bidar fort to get a facelift under Adarsha Smaraka Yojane

Source : TOI

As many as eight monuments of the state including historic fort in Bidar have been selected for development under Adarsh Smarak Yojana by the Union ministry of culture.

The monuments to be developed under ASY are: Bidar Fort, Golgumbaz, Pattadkallu, Aihole, Hampi, Dariya Doulat in Shrirangapatna, Shravanagelagola, and Beluru. The department is developing 75 monuments across the country under ASY.

Under the scheme, all these eight monuments will get basic facilities as suggested by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

Archaeologist of ASI Mounesh Kuravatti told TOI that under the project Bidar fort will get facilities like proper lighting, drinking water, toilets, ramps for physically challenged, a tourist information centre, hotel, memento shop and WiFi.

Bidar fort which is famous for its Persian architect was built in 10 century by Kakatiyas of Varangal. Later it was captured by the Bahman Sultanate. Alla Ud-Din Bahman who shifted his dynasty from Gulbarga to Bidar rebuilt it in 1429.

Billed as one of the biggest forts in South India, this fort's uniqueness lies in its Karesz system of water supply. This fort attracts tourists from Maharashtra and Telangana states. This fort has more than 30 monuments including Gumba Darvaja, Sharja Darvaja, Fatheh Darvaja, Talfat Darvaja, Chandni Chabootar, Hajar Kothi, Takhs Mahal, Gagan Mahal and others.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hubballi/bidar-fort-to-get-a-facelift-under-adarsha-smaraka-yojane/articleshow/56575586.cms

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Unani medical college sought

Source:The Hindu

Several Muslim organisations have urged the State government to sanction a government Unani medical college for Bidar in this year’s budget.

This is among the demands made to the government by the organisations to be included in the budget.

One of the factors supporting the demand is the acceptance of the medical system in Bidar and surrounding areas. The concentration of large number of Unani practitioners or Hakims and pharmacy in and around Bidar is another reason.

“Unani practice in Bidar has a rich history,” says Abdul Samad Bharati, writer and chronicler of the Deccan.

Among those who have appealed to the government for a Unani college are the Unani Medical Practitioners Association and the Bidar District Writers and Poets Association.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/Unani-medical-college-sought/article17291280.ece

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Official promises steps to removeencroachments from Bidar Fort

Source: The Hindu

Efforts will be made to remove encroachments from Bidar Fort, Deputy Commissioner H.R. Mahadev said here on Monday. At a meeting of the District Tourism Promotion Council meeting, he told officers to hold meetings with the 47 families that are living inside the 600-acre heritage structure.

Archaeological Survey of India officials said that rules regarding heritage structure did not allow human settlements in the vicinity of monuments.

Dr. Mahadev said that the rules would be followed and assured ASI officials of shifting the families out of the fort by giving them alternative houses or sites.

ASI officials also asked Dr. Mahadev to clear their long-pending demand of handing over the management of the Barid Shahi Silver Jubilee Park with the district administration and to stop ticket collection at the monument.

Dr. Mahadev asked Balbhim Kamble, project director, District Urban Development Cell, to study the advantages of retaining the management of the park with the district administration against handing it over to the ASI.

Officials said that the district administration had built a park around the Barid Shahi tombs to stop attempts to encroach upon the land belonging to the monument in the early 1990s.

Since then, the Horticulture Department was managing the park.

He instructed Kishor Joshi, assistant director of Tourism, to send a proposal prepared by Deccan Heritage Foundation to develop the Ali Barid tomb into a garden to the ASI for approval.

He asked Deccan Heritage Foundation representatives to explain in detail the importance and implications of all the heritage tourism works initiated in Bidar, in a gathering of public representatives and civil society groups in the next meeting. The Deputy Commissioner said that a coordination committee of officials from various departments would monitor tourism promotion works in the district in future.

IIT Hyderabad representatives spoke about the structural engineering involved in the construction of the Karez and warned against allowing construction on top of the high risk zones of the subterranean water body.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/Official-promises-steps-to-removeencroachments-from-Bidar-Fort/article17206266.ece

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