Buxar fort up for new lease of life

PRE­SERV­ING HIS­TORY The pro­posed plan in­cludes mea­sures to check soil ero­sion by the river Ganga around the fort and also to de­velop the area as a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Prashant Ran­jan

BUXAR: The dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion of Buxar has fi­nalised a ren­o­va­tion and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion plan for a me­dieval fort on the bank of the Ganga.

The plan will soon be sub­mit­ted to the depart­ment of art and cul­ture for vet­ting and sanc­tion of funds, Vinod Singh Gun­jial, dis­trict mag­is­trate, said. He said, the pro­posed plan also in­cludes mea­sures to check soil ero­sion. The place will be de­vel­oped as a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion, he added.

The fort, be­lieved to have been built by the then king, Ru­dradeo, in the year 1054 AD, has re­mained a ne­glected site for decades. Soil ero­sion around the fort has be­come a ma­jor con­cern with rise in the Ganga level. It has also been taken over by over­grown vines and bram­bles mak­ing it ex­tremely un­ap­proach­able. The ex­te­ri­ors have been de­faced too.

Manju Devi of Buxar said,“Last year the flood con­trol depart­ment had taken steps to pro­tect the fort from soil ero­sion bol­ster­ing the pro­tec­tive lay­ers with brick sol­ing. It did not prove ef­fec­tive.”

Bunty Ojha of nearby Nimej vil­lage said that, “Sev­eral his­tor­i­cal stat­ues, coins and other ar­ti­cles were ex­ca­vated from here, which have been placed in a mu­seum built ad­ja­cent to the fort.”

Peo­ple say, dig­gings in the fort com­plex have also yielded uten­sils of ter­ra­cota, sev­eral bro­ken stat­ues of Mau­ryan and Kushan eras as also coins of gold and sil­ver of the Mus­lim pe­riod. While most such re­cov­er­ies found a place in the mu­seum, the fort it­self stands ut­terly ne­glected.

Nigam Ojha of Kharha Tanr said, “The place has his­tor­i­cal value but is los­ing its im­por­tance due to ne­glect”.

Peo­ple like Sul­tan Khan of Brahm­pur be­lieve, “If ef­forts are taken for con­ser­va­tion, it could turn into a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion.”

DIG­GINGS IN THE FORT COM­PLEX HAVE YIELDED UTEN­SILS OF TER­RA­COTA, BRO­KEN STAT­UES OF MAU­RYAN AND KUSHAN ERA AS ALSO GOLD AND SIL­VER COINS OF MUS­LIM PE­RIOD. WHILE MOST RE­COV­ER­IES FOUND PLACE IN THE MU­SEUM, THE FORT IT­SELF STANDS NE­GLECTED

The fa­cade of the un­cared for Buxar fort cov­ered by vines, creep­ers and wild plants.

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