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Tipu Fort to turn eco-friendly premises

G. Prabhakaran


PALAKKAD: The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) has submitted a Rs.136-lakh proposal for the beautification of the outer periphery of the Tipu Fort in Palakkad town.

The fort was built in 1766 by Hyder Ali of Mysore with the objective of supporting the local ruler, the Palakkad Raja, to repulse an attack by the Zamorin of Calicut.

The proposal, sent to the State Tourism Department last week, envisaged facilitating healthier recreation by cleaning and developing the outer periphery area of the fort and converting it into a green zone. This includes soft landscaping, paved pathways, green fencing, installing sculptures and other art works, seating gallery, lighting, and irrigation facilities.

DTPC chairman and District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar said the project, when completed, would be unique with the monumental massive fort as the focal point around which tourists and local people can enjoy the leisurely atmosphere. It will give a new look to the majestic Tipu Fort area in the heart of the town.

The project, to be completed in three phases, will be implemented with the approval of the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Archaeology Department. The first phase will be the development of the area on the western side, near Rappady Open Air Auditorium.

The area opposite the Civil Station will be developed in the second phase, and the eastern side in the third phase.

Shafi Parambil, MLA, said the proposal had received a favourable response from Tourism Minister A.P. Anilkumar. It would be in tune with the ecological status of the area and would not disturb the inhabitants in and around the fort area, he said.

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