In a bid to give tourism a fillip in the financial capital of India, Mumbai, six forts from the medieval and British era will be developed as tourist spots at a cost of Rs.50 crores. These sites will also house facilities to hold cultural events and a numismatic museum.
An architect has been appointed for development as well as conservation of the forts.
These six forts are Bandra, Worli, Sewri, Mahim, Dharavi and Saint George.
The aim of this initiative is to enable generation of resources for the conservation of these forts.
The forts are likely to have a sound-and-light show which will depict the history of Mumbai. It will be accessible to the viewers using the mobile to ensure there is no noise pollution.
The fort at Bandra will get an information centre, security and restoration of some of its key portions while the one at Mahim will see the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation shifting 600 shanties which are located in and around the fort.
At Saint George fort a numismatic museum housing some rare and invaluable coins will be made and at Worli fort there will be facilities for water sports.
Both Bandra and Worli forts will be venues for entertainment, music and sound and light shows.
Sion Fort which is under Archaeological Survey of India, will have rock climbing and hold activities for young adults while Sewri Fort will become a centre for activities for children and also have a nature centre.
Providing additional tourist attractions, two watchtowers at Sion and Wadala will be conserved and added to this circuit of six forts and made accessible by bus service.