The department of archaeology intends to start restoration works at the Sakhali and Corjuem forts as well as the Jain Basti in Bandora. “The situation is different now in the time of the pandemic. We will be currently taking up these projects only,” said assistant superintendent of archaeology, Varad Sabnis.
The centuries-old heritage structure has been plagued with an eyesore of kiosks dotting the fort wall’s exterior. Post restoration, there will be a museum, a senior citizens’ club and an activity area, besides other amenities inside the fort.
The present-day structure has vegetation growth on the fort wall from deciduous trees that have grown inside the structure. Cracks have also developed on the bastions.
All the scheduled deadlines for the restoration work were disturbed with the nationwide lockdown due to Covid. The department of archaeology has however managed to complete pre-monsoon works of those monuments that were likely to get damaged due to the rain. Works at the St Xavier’s chapel at Old Goa, the Jain basti at Bandora in Ponda and the Sakhali fort had begun in April after Goa obtained relaxations during the lockdown.