Pune: Nighttime Access To Sinhgad Restricted As Forest Department Introduces Check Post

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Pune, 27th June 2023: Following concerns raised by local residents, the Forest Department has taken proactive steps to ensure the safety of visitors to Sinhgad Fort by establishing a check post at Kondhanpur Phata on the ghat road. The move comes in response to reports of unauthorized night visits, including couples and other individuals, to the popular tourist destination.

Previously, there was no staff stationed at the existing check post in Golewadi at the foot of the Sinhgad ghat road during nighttime, leading to unrestricted access for visitors, including those engaging in inappropriate activities.

In an effort to tighten security and maintain control over night-time access, the Forest Department has deployed dedicated personnel at the newly established check post at Kondhanpur Phata. The staff will be present round the clock to monitor and regulate the flow of visitors.

The check post facility has been equipped with a designated room for the employees, and a reliable source of electricity has been ensured through the installation of a solar system. To enhance surveillance, CCTV cameras have been strategically placed along the roads surrounding the check post.

The implementation of the new check post has effectively curtailed night-time visits to Sinhgad in recent days. This step has not only addressed the concerns of local residents, who were inconvenienced by the closure of the gate at Golewadi, but also mitigated the unauthorized access of visitors to the fort during nighttime.

Navnath Parge, a former Zilla Parishad Member from Donje, expressed his satisfaction with the establishment of the check post, stating, “The inconvenience faced by locals from Kondhanpur, Khedshivapur, and other nearby villages has been resolved since the closure of the Golewadi check post gate. The new check post at Kondhanpur Phata has effectively put an end to the troubles faced by locals at night and also prevented unauthorized access to the fort.”

Pradeep Sankpal, the Bhamburda Forest Range Officer, highlighted the measures taken to address the situation, stating, “The gate leading to the fort from Kondhanpur Phata is now closed after half-past six to seven in the evening. Permanent staff members have been deployed, and solar panels have been installed to ensure a stable electricity supply. Additionally, CCTV cameras have been installed to enhance overall surveillance.”


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