Goa: Vendor encroachments pose a threat to Chapora fort

Chapora fort is a popular tourist spot in Anjuna, located on a hillock near the junction of the river Colval and the Arabian Sea . The fort was declared a national monument shortly after Goas liberation .

KERI: At different times, the Marathas, Mughals, and Portuguese conquered and occupied the Chapora fort in Bardez taluka.The historic landmark is also getting a different form of takeover rush, as shown by this article.Standing stations selling edibles, beverages, knick-knacks, clothing, and gifts have encroached on both sides of the laterite steps leading up to the fort.So much has been going wrong that even the board that proclaimed the monument's significance has fallen over.

Even the selection of security guards failed to ensure order and discipline at the site.Officials said the department of archives and archaeology had already sent over a dozen letters to the district collector and other authorities regarding the issue of unlawful encroachments in the fort's grounds.Despite this, no concrete steps have been taken to curb the illicit activities.The Chapora fort is a popular tourist spot in Anjuna, located on a hillock near the junction of the river Colval and the Arabian Sea.

The fort is located on the left bank of the river.It provided a strategic location from a military viewpoint for the Marathas, Mughals, and Portuguese.It also played a vital role in regulating the waterways for trade and commerce.Though the fort was declared a national monument shortly after Goas' liberation, security guards were recruited just recently to keep an eye on it.