Jaisalmer Fort in danger, may lose its UNESCO World Heritage Title

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It was yesterday when we were going gaga about the heritage grandeur and architectural beauty of Rajasthan and this news popped from Jaisalmer. The only living fort from 12th Century with a UNESCO World Heritage title is in the dilapidated state now. Jaisalmer Fort is losing its glory due to seepage of water tank and lack of maintenance.

 

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Rajasthan is one of the most attractive and architecturally rich destinations in the world. It has magnificent forts, monuments and sites that attract people from across the world. The problem is that not all the grand structures are in great shape. Sometimes it’s either due to the ignorance on government’s part or the visitors deface them.

Many tourists visit the cities like Jaisalmer, especially, for their legendary forts and palaces.   Around 3,000 inhabitants, who live inside 853 year old fort, fear that the seepage of sewerage water might turn out to be a disaster resulting in damage to lives and properties. The sewerage line which is affecting maximum houses in the fort due to which the walls of the fort are becoming hollow has become a worry for its residents. According to the residents within the walls of Jaisalmer Fort, they are facing the seepage problem since long time. New sewerage line was laid but water is still leaking. The fort is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) but from last one month no work has been taken place.

Another fear for Jaisalmer Fort is to lose the UNESCO World Heritage Site title. After the collapse took place, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) visited the site and sent their report to UNESCO.

A special committee of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) led by ASI superintendent P S Raman in his investigation has mentioned that wall collapsed due to weakening of structure due to seepage in the hill. Jaisalmer Fort may soon slip in the danger list and apprehensions are made that UNESCO might disown it. Shikha Jain, director, DRONAH and coordinator of ICOMOS India said, “After the wall collapse incident UNESCO is monitoring it closely. We have sent two reports and this world heritage site may soon slip into the danger list.”

Apart from that, it is also a bad news for tourists visiting Jaisalmer.  A tourist visited who visited the fort lately has mentioned, “The Fort is in very bad shape and the colour of the stone that should be ‘Golden’ has become dull.”

Today we want to remind everyone that our heritage needs to be protected. This is an important eye opener  towards maintaining the beauty of our state and keeping the spirit of Rajasthan alive forever. Archeological Department will be doing its worl, but let us all on our part be aware of the importance of our heritage and try not to harm these treasures by scribbling on their walls, spiting and littering.
“Our heritage is the most precious treasure, preserve it because we will not be able to create it again”

News Source Courtesy- http://www.deccanherald.com/content/606964/12th-century-jaisalmer-fort-might.html

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