Including to the grandeur of Poonch, a metropolis wealthy in historical past, the historic ‘Poonch Fort’ in the course of the city, is a phenomenal tourist attraction, which regardless of its dilapidated situation, reminds of the greatness of the traditional architects and the rulers right here. In its period, this fort was thought-about an emblem of grandeur. Immediately, it stays a witness to historic occasions which noticed the rise and fall of many highly effective rulers of its time. Its stays appear to be in a state of disrepair, however are nonetheless seen at present telling the story of its superb previous to its current plight.
Unfold over an space of 7535 sq. meters, this nice historic constructing hides inside its lengthy partitions the tales of the reigns of Dogras, Sikhs and Muslims. The fort was based by Raja Abdul Razak Khan in 1713 however its development was accomplished by his son Raja Rustam Khan between 1760 and 1787.
KD Maini, a widely known historian of Poonch, advised Each day Milap that when the Sikh rulers dominated the area, they added a central block constructed on the Sikh fashion of structure. A number of years after its development, the fort was renovated by Raja Moti Singh from 1850 to 1892. He known as European architects to design the entrance half.
In the course of the reign of Raja Baldev Singh, Poonch Fort was made the secretariat of the empire whereas the official residence was shifted to Moti Mahal. Greater than 220 years previous, this fort shows distinctive structure. Until 2005, many authorities workplaces had been established on this fort. The devastating earthquake of 2005 precipitated extreme harm to this constructing. As a result of earthquake, this ‘Pikaqula’ reached the verge of damage and destruction. After this earthquake, funds had been allotted a number of occasions for the restore of the fort, and the entrance a part of the fort was repaired to some extent.
Even at present, the workplace of the Tehsildar Haveli and the guard home are established within the fort, however the tragedy is that the big components of the constructing. The partitions of the part are slowly crumbling whereas individuals are nonetheless dwelling illegally contained in the historic fort and beneath the shadow of its partitions.
Paying homage to historic structure, this fort is now a vacationer attraction regardless of the dearth of administrative consideration. Vacationers coming to Poonch from different districts and out of doors Jammu and Kashmir are the primary to go to it, saying that preservation and fast restoration of this historic heritage are essential to take care of the traditional and historic identification of Poonch. Preserving the fort in its authentic situation can be its actual restoration.
A number of native individuals say that the components that led to the destruction of the fort have to be saved in thoughts whereas rehabilitating it, together with local weather change, accumulation of rainwater, lack of drainage, development of untamed vegetation and particularly human negligence are noteworthy. Now, what acquired destroyed can’t be introduced again, however efforts may be made to revive and save what’s left. In any other case, the traditional and priceless heritage like Poonch Fort might be erased from the pages and can stay restricted solely to the pages of historical past books.
This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Solely the headline has been modified.
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