Aurangabad: The local development body undertook conservation of nine historical gates in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad at a cost of Rs 3.20 crore, officials said. The structures, built around the 17th century as entry gates of the old city, are a major tourist attraction. The work was put on halt due to coronavirus.
Aurangabad Smart City Development Corporation (ASCDCL) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pushkal Shivam said, “The conservation project had to be stopped earlier due to the coronavirus-induced restrictions, but it has now resumed”. The corporation to make expenditures of 3.20 crore for the conservation of Katkat Gate, Naubat Darwaza, Kala Darwaza, Jafar Gate, Barapulla Gate, Roshan Gate, Paithan Gate, Khizri Gate and Mehmood Darwaza, he added.
According to officials, these gates are in bad conditions as it suffered damages over a period of time due to rain and other weather conditions and are in need of repair and conservation.
The project includes strengthening the structures by waterproofing and stopping seepages, supporting the roof, removing trees over the structures, replacing masonry and decayed material wherever required and beautification of surrounding areas, another official said.