“We will implement various activities to maintain the sanctity and cleanliness of all these forts,” Mungantiwar said. Punitive action will be taken against those who violate the sanctity of these heritage monuments. Reward will also be given to those people who will give information about those who spoil these historical structures.
There are about 450 forts in Maharashtra. These include hill forts, sea forts, urban or rural centres, river-banks or forests etc. in almost every district. Some of the forts built by various Indian or foreign rulers of different dynasties are said to be more than six centuries old. Although many of these are in ruins, some are still in excellent condition.
Several popular forts that fall on the regular tourism circuit of Mumbai, Pune, Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, Nashik, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Satara, Kolhapur, Nagpur etc. are visited by lakhs of tourists from within the state and outside. In some of these forts, people have been seen carrying liquor stocks for parties and throwing away empty bottles. Due to which the environment is polluted. In such a situation, it is believed that it may reduce after the proposed new laws come into effect.
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