Vellore Fort to be spruced up under Smart City initiative

The historical Vellore Fort will be developed at an estimated ₹33 crore under the Smart City initiative. Among the improvements that have been planned are a light and sound show and basic amenities for tourists.

On Saturday, A.M.V. Subramanyam, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Chennai circle and S. Siva Subramanian, commissioner of Vellore Corporation conducted a joint inspection at the 16th century fort.

“The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for improving the Vellore Fort under the Smart City project is ready. The Fort will be developed at a rough estimate of ₹33 crore. We will improve the Fort without compromising on its heritage. ASI has taken a look at the DPR and given a No Objection Certificate subject to certain conditions,” S. Siva Subramanian, commissioner, Vellore Corporation, said.

The Superintending Archaeologist has given specific directions to ASI’s consultant regarding the project. ASI has asked the Vellore Corporation to get the estimate clearance for the proposed light and sound show for tourists visiting the Fort. This show would be on the lines of the one organised at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, he added. “Similarly, they have asked to get estimate clearance for installing Closed Circuit Television cameras. They would also provide the design for toilets, and writings on signages,” he added.

“We will go ahead with basic works such as roads and removal of encroachments. We are planning for granite pavements. We will also be providing basic needs for tourists such as water supply and toilets,” he said.

Apart from this, facility for parking of vehicles would also created.

“We will be removing the vegetative growth in the old buildings on the premises of the Fort,” he added.

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