Panel to conserve heritage sites in Kolhapur

Kolhapur: The sites have been identified by the civic administration for conservation are Sandhyamath, Rankala Tower, Dhunyachi Chavi and Panchganga Ghat-Mandir premises. To conserve these heritage sites the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has appointed Committee of experts.

The Sandhyamath is located inside Rankala Lake and is a structure crafted out of stones. The structure was used as place of worship and gathering during festivals. Rankala Tower is also part of Rankala Lake and was constructed to get beautiful view of the lake spread over 200 acre.

Dhunyachi Chavi is a place where ancient tap system was developed for people to wash their clothes and cattle. It was first such structure that helped reduce pollution of the lake by prohibiting people wash their clothes and cattle in the lake water.

A senior official of KMC’s project department said that they will spend Rs 55 lakh for the first phase of heritage sites conservation. The work will be completed in three to seven months and they will hire conservation experts to ensure that the heritage symbol of the structures does not fade away.

The central government has launched Heritage City Development Scheme, known as HRIDAY. The city heritage committee has been urged by the civic authorities to study details of the scheme and propose plans to conserve various heritage sites in the city. There are over 50 heritage structures in the city most of which developed during the reign of legendary king and social reformer Shahu Maharaj which needs to be conserved.