DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, DHAR
District Administration has taken up a planned
development of Mandu to substantially increase the tourists influx.
In one single year with the mobilisation and careful deployment
of over Rs. 15 million, the district administration has endeavoured
to transform its journal of our heritage. The following works have
been sanctioned from various funds available at the district level
or funds for which sanctions have been obtained from the concerned
- Sub-station : Electricity
A sub -station at
Mandu which will ensure uninterrupted power supply. This to be
commissioned with in a couple of days.
- Chappan Mahal :
Antiquities-cum-tribal culture museum
A museum or archaeological antiquies as well as tribal culture
aetefact with a reference unit and arrangement for night lighting
and audio visual arrangements at Chhapan Mahal Mandu,
is being setup in consultation with the State Archaeological Department.
A fossil museum, railing around a huge horseshoe shape gorge,
Kakrakhoh, has been developed. This gorge develops into
a horseshoe shaped waterfall during monsoon and attracts many
tourist at the ancient monuments at Mandu.
- Roopayan Showroom: Arts Arcade
A showroom for selling local handicrafts and other articles through
the /district Supply and Marketing Agency is being set up.
- Approaches to monuments
Blacktopped approach roads are being constructed to main monuments
which are today rarely visited because they are relatively inaccessible.
Major monuments like Dariya Khan group of monuments,
Chisti Khan Mahal, Lohani caves, Chhappan Mahal, Neelkanth
Mahal, Dai ka Mahal and Saath Kothri are in the process of
getting connected with monuments, Jaali Mahal is being
conected through construction of steps leading up to this monument
which is located on a hill.
- Development of Sagar lake
The principal lake around Mandu, Sagar Taal is being
developed as a tourist attraction. The water impounding capacity
of the lake has been increased by nealy 50% by raising the waste
weir level, construction of a road, protection wall and a culvert
for taking out the increased influx from the raised waste weir.
Further, a boating point is being properly developed and shifted
to the Muncipal lake. This garden which is also being developed
alongwith a walkway constructed over the lake waters .
Additonal accommodation has been created in various rest houses,
night shelters and dharamshalas in Mandu by constructing
new building or rennovating, repairring and properly equipping
the existing delapidated and unutilised old buildings. Four new
rest house rooms would be avilable. Five of the existing unutilised
rooms would be made availble and three of tourist rooms allocated
to municipal employees have again been made available for the
tourists. Thus, 12 addtional well equipped rooms would be available
for tourist accommodation. The existing accommodation is very
limited compared to the demand and 20 extra rooms will add significantly
to tourist accommodation.
- Spardha Adventure Point
An Adventure Point with facilities for trekking, rapling, biking,
indoor Badminton, table tannis, pool, etc. is due to open shortly.
Youth Hostel Association of India will assit in managing this.
Signages and boards giving information regarding monument history
and necessary public information are being put up throughout Mandu.
- Anti-encroachment drive
An anti-encroachment drive was taken up and 41 monuments existing
in Mandu were renovated.
- Training of guides
A training programme for guides was organised so that guides could
give correct and authentic information to tourists.
- Youth Hostel
A plot of over one and a half hectares is being reserved for hostel
to be constructed by Youth Hostel Association of India, at their
request in the time to come. It is expected that they will construct
cheap and suitable accommodation with at leat 50 rooms.
It is proposed to take up further works like developing pavements,
railing etc. in the main market place, construction of parking
lots, construction of bank toped roads or approaches to remaining
monuments, greeting of the entire area, cleaning up to Baodis,
creation of a park near Chhappan Mahal in horticulture
nursery premises as well as several other works shortly.