Watch: Jaisalmer's Golden Fort suffers major wall collapse
A large section of an under-restoration wall in Jaisalmer's Golden Fort (or Sonar Quila) collapsed on Thursday
A large section of an under-restoration wall in Jaisalmer's Golden Fort (or Sonar Quila) collapsed on Thursday.
The 12th Century fort (a Unesco world heritage site) has been undergoing restoration as part of a Rs 1.2 crore project for the past couple of weeks, reports The Hindu.
According to The Times of India, there were no reported injuries since it was lunchtime and no one was working at the time of the incident. In the wake of the wall collapse, the report adds that the road was barricaded and the police force was deployed, by order of the district administration.
There are concerns that carrying out repair work during the monsoon is a dangerous idea and if this collapse is anything to go by, worse incidents could be yet to come. The Archaeological Survey of India's (ASI) restoration plan faced some opposition from the district administration that expressed its concerns about work of this nature being conducted during the rains, but in the end, the ASI received the requisite approval.
Here is the video of the wall collapse as captured by an eyewitness:
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