VIJAYAWADA: The State Government, deciding to return the grandeur to Kondapalli fort, has decided to take up the renovation works of the historical fort by allocating Rs 4.25 crore in the 13th Finance Commission.
The 7th century Kondapalli fort, which is situated 16 kms from Vijayawada and is the most sought after tourist destination in the district, has witnessed the glory of many dynasties.
With Rs 75 lakh earmarked under the 12th Finance Commission, the Museums and Archaeology Department has taken up development works of the Kondapalli fort, such as strengthening the historical structures on the fort premises, cleaning the debris in and around the fort and electrification besides providing drinking water and other basic amenities.
Infact, about 60 per cent of works have been completed with the remaining works scheduled to be completed by March next year.
Speaking to ‘Express’, Director of Museums and Archaeology Department P Chenna Reddy said that in view of the historical background with an impressive three storied rock tower, the Department has decided to make Kondapalli fort a picnic spot and bring back its old grandeur in the days to come.
“Under the 13th Finance Commission, we have envisaged a development plan estimated at a cost of Rs 4.25 crore for development of Fort. With the proposed budget, the Department will take up development programmes such as strengthening and resetting of historical walls, restoration of Jail Khanam, Koneru pond and Museum, a rope way upto the hill, construction of inner roads, cafeteria, canteen and other basic amenities will be provided,” he disclosed.
The Director said that the present works being executed at the fort are on fast track and it will be completed in a stipulated time. “We will take up the proposed works soon after completely executing the works and making it as the biggest tourist destination in the State in the days to come,” he added.