FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, January 1: Itagar got a new facelift in terms of tourism as the renovated and beautified Southern Itafort historical remains was formally declared open for tourists and visitors by Chief Minister bam Tuki on Wednesday in an impressive function.
The NEC funded project took over two years to complete the beautification and renovation work which was done by engaging experts from archeological background and floriculturists. Works on renovations were done minutely without damaging the ancient monument and its archeological importance, an official release said here today.
Visibly impressed Tuki congratulated the officers of Research department and appreciated their good work. He however cautioned the department to fix timings for visitors which may be widely publicized through all possible means.
He asked the department to regularly maintain the site from the revenue generated from the visitors. He also opined for appointing a regular guide who could brief the visitors about the importance of the historical monument.
CM directed capital DC and SP to intensify night patrolling to safeguard the site from unscrupulous activities. He also assured to renovate and beautify the remaining three Itafort archeological sites in the capital in the days to come.
Itafort, believed to be built in 14–15 century by local king Ramachandra of Mayapur is a defence fortification constructed with bricks and stone masonry covering an area of 1 sq km. State capital Itagar is med after this brick fort.
The southern itafort gate is also one of the highest view point from where the entire Itagar and harlagun town is visible. The renovated archeological site is a place of respite for young and old, where one can have a peace of mind and rejuvete their energies.
The CM was accompanied by host of lawmakers, bureaucrats and politicians during his visit, the release added.