ASI to give new lease of life to Bahmani monuments

ASI to give new lease of life to Bahmani monuments

A memorial from the Bahmani era at Ashtur in Bidar taluk. dh photo

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is planning to give a new lease of life to the monuments from the period of the Bahamani sultans near Ashtur in the taluk.

The Tourism department has released Rs 2.82 crore for the purpose and the work will be completed within six months, without harming the original structure. A compound wall has been constructed around the place and gates have been installed to protect the place from trespassers.

Nameplates have been installed in front of the memorials of Ahmed Shah al-wali, the first king in the Bahmani lineage, and his wife. The work on installing nameplates in front of other memorials is on.

There are memorials of a total of 12 Bahmani kings here, all in a state of neglect. Movement of vehicles has been banned on the road near the memorials, constructed by the district administration 13 years. 

An alternative road has been built for the movement of vehicles. Tiles will be laid on the road passing through the memorial complex by the ASI authorities.

Facilities that will be provided are drinking water, toilets, parking and nameboards, ASI conservation assistant Vinayak Shirahatti.