Parulekar told the State Legislative Assembly that the consultants, who will prepare the tourism masterplan, have been already appointed and they will be asked to ensure restoration of such forts.

The minister said these forts which are of historical importance can be a major tourist attraction.

The question was raised on the floor of the House by BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh who pointed out that several forts are crumbling as they are not maintained by the government.

Parulekar said the forts are protected by State Archaeology Department, but Tourism Department will join hands in their preservation.

"We will start preserving them as soon as possible. The consultants would be asked to give priority to these forts in the masterplan," he added.

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