Thursday, 28 June 2012

Heritage site in Thiruvananthapuram turns encroachers' paradise

It was once the symbol of pride, of protection and of grandeur. But now, the Fort that is known as the heart of Thiruvananthapuram lies open to the whims and fancies of everyone and anyone, of interest to only tourists and yes, under attack from all sides by encroachers.

That the fort, including the East Fort, the West Fort area or wherever the remnants of that bygone era exist, surrounds the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple with its now highly publicised treasures, has been of little concern to authorities who possess powers to protect it. That too, when the fort and its precincts are already notified as a heritage site.

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