Department of Archaeology has embarked on mission to plant 1 lakh saplings in five forts across the State  
 Rachakonda Fort
Rachakonda Fort

Hyderabad: The forts in Telangana State are known for their rugged charm, but in near future, they will also have a green cover if the plans of the State government bear fruit. For the first time, the Haritha Haram project is being extended to cover the forts.

The Department of Archaeology and Museums has been given the task to complete plantation by July 31. The State Department of Archaeology and Museums Director N R Visalatchi said, “In all one lakh saplings will be planted in five forts across the State. In future people visiting the forts can enjoy a panoramic view and also have a good time under trees.”

The five forts selected for the plantation drive include Rachakonda in Yadadri-Bhonagiri, Devarakonda in Nalgonda, Koilkonda in Mahbubnagar, Ramagiri fort in Peddapalli in Karimnagar and Gandhari Kota in Mancherial.  

Speaking to The Hans India, Secretary for Tourism Burra Venkatesham said, “Tree plantation will not be taken up in forest lands in Rachakonda, but in other areas.”

Among the forts, Rachakonda is spread over a vast area of over 2,000 acres. A senior official of Archaeology Department said, “The staff is now in the process of selecting suitable areas, digging pits and collecting saplings from the offices of the Revenue Divisional Officers and Collectors.”

In some forts due to felling of trees there has been soil erosion and with the plantation this can be corrected, said an official.
Senior officials said that a mechanism is being designed to oversee the progress of plantation. 

According to the new Heritage Act, tangible as well as intangible heritage would be protected. As per the new Act, in pre-Kakatiyan protected monuments category, forts, fortification walls, Buddhist stupas and early historic sites are included.