Proposal again to develop Lodhi Fort

There were canons placed on four sides of the fort, situated at a high mound above the surrounding areas. It was only a campaign launched by The Tribune in 2002 that forced the administration to save the last of the four canons. Interestingly, all projects have been mooted during the SAD-BJP government.

In 2002, the vacant but prime land of the historical Lodhi Fort attracted several takers. While the Knitwear Club and the National Institute of Fashion Designing lobbied hard for getting the land on lease, the authorities of the Punjab Police Academy at Phillaur demanded control over the place with promises of conserving it. The State Archaeology Department had also jumped in the fray claiming it would declare it as a protected monument and conserve it.

The Knitwear Club, along with NIFD, was endeavouring to acquire the land. It had mooted a proposal to the district administration in 2001 to open a research-cum-training institute there.

It was also the part of a special tourism circuit formulated by successive governments. It was proposed that tourists to Punjab would visit the fort and the house of Shaheed Sukhdev, situated not very far from it. None of these moves materialised and the fort remained abandoned.

The fort remained forgotten all these years. Now, with the SAD-BJP back in saddle, a fresh proposal has been mooted. But only time would tell, if the fort would be ever conserved and developed.

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