At a time when Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has geared up to dredge and moat weeds surrounding the Vellore fort with the help of 3 JCBs and floats in a bid to remove greenery hindering the water in the historic place, a recently built wall inside the fort has also crumbled, informed sources revealed.
Meanwhile, putting the quality of the works undertaken into question, an outer wall built to shore up the bank some three months ago crumbled. A civil contractor, on condition of anonymity said, “The wall has already started to crumble due to poor workmanship. Also the fort walls sport a lot of bush growth which will also weaken the ancient wall in the course of time.”
Countering the claim, the officials said that were already in the process of removing the plants growing on the walls of the fort on a daily basis. On the crumbling of the cement walls, officials said, “We will take action to rectify it immediately.”
As officials undertake the work themselves without having a scheme to carry out the renovation works, sources revealed that though the fort is included in the Vellore smart city project, the latter includes only works inside the fort itself. “These civil works were started before the fort was made part of the smart city project,” they said.