The historic fort of Belgaum built in 13 century (Originally built by the Ratta dynasty, later fortified by Yakub Ali Khan of the Bijapur Sultanate) was well known for its unique building structure and its huge moat surrounding the fort, which made it inaccessible to the enemies. The Belgaum fort served as a bulwark against the attacks of invading armies. It steadfastly held fort as Belgaum played host to a multitude of dynasties, from the Rattas, the Vijayanagar emperors, Bijapur Sultans, Marathas and finally the British. During the freedom movement of India, Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned here. The Belgaum fort is also an embodiment of the legacy of religious tolerance in Belgaum.
The district administration has sought Rs 10 crore from the Tourism Department to repair the boundary walls and clean up the moat which is now filled up with mud and bushes.
Tourism Department has agreed to the proposal and will soon release the funds.File photo taken in Jan 2010, but there is no much difference even today.
Recently this fort was in the news as the IT department was planning to build a complex on the outskirts of the fort, the plan was eventually stopped by the ASI.
AAB had written about the state of the boundary walls of the fort on 08 January 2010, Belgaum Fort loosing its grandeur.
The city at this moment is only speaking about the Rs.100 crore special grant and its implementation for development works, but we should also learn to preserve our history for our next generation, or a time will come when our children will ask where is the Fort dad,” I saw on Wikipedia or AAB, Belgaum had a fort?” Then we will tell them, once there were huge walls surrounding the fort, there was moat and so on.
We need to preserve history for the next generation
With Inputs from Indian Express.