New Delhi:  Bearing the apathy of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for a very long time, world-renowned Jaisalmer Fort has finally managed to catch the attention of the central government.  After direct intervention of the Prime Minister, the concerned union ministers and the state government on Saturday agreed to form Jaisalmer Authority to undertake repair work and conservation of the world’s largest fort.

The ASI will chalk out the site plan whereas the authority will be responsible for the execution of the plan. The formal announcement of the plan will be made public in a day or two.

Presently under the management of the ASI, thousand years old Jaisalmer Fort was built during the rule of the Bhati Rajputs. The fort is distinct from the other forts of the country because it houses hundreds of families within its boundary. Due to ignorance of the authorities the fort is currently in a dilapidated condition and the walls have been collapsing every now and then. Instead of carrying out the repair work, the ASI had merely pasted precautionary notices on the wall last year.

A large section of the fort had collapsed in rains in August 2011. The frequent collapse of the walls that pose a threat to the lives of the habitants has finally shaken the government to take immediate steps in this regard.

JPN/Bureau