On July 2, trekkers and visitors were stranded at Lohagad fort for about four hours due to heavy rush.
Sub-divisional police officer (Lonavla) Satya Sai Karthik, inspector Kishore Dhumal of the Lonavla rural police and other officials on Tuesday conducted an inspection of the route between Karla Phata and Lohagad. “We have suggested measures to the Karla gram panchayat like installing CCTV cameras, putting up no parking boards , appointing wardens, especially on weekends, and ensuring a public announcement system to instruct drivers,” Karthik said.
To avoid traffic congestion on the narrow bridge between Karla and Malavali on the Indrayani river, extra police force will be deployed on both sides of the bridge on weekends.
“Moreover, we have also told the Malavli gram panchayat to remove encroachment near the railway gate at Malavli to avoid traffic congestion. We have also told them to install CCTV cameras near the railway gate and deploy volunteers on weekends,” Karthik said.
He said that an officer from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was also present during the inspection of the route.
“We have discussed measures to manage the rush at Lohagad fort, which is under the charge of ASI. It was decided to install LED screens at the foothills of the fort so that revellers would know about the exact number of people who had already reached the fort,” the sub-divisional officer said.
He said that it was also decided to install a public announcement system at the fort. Also, the time a person can spend at the fort will be mentioned on the ticket. “It was also decided to vacate the fort by 5 pm and repair the damaged steps on the fort,” Karthik said. On Sunday, an estimated 15,000 people visited the Sinhagad Fort. Nearly 7,000 people reached the top of the fort. The ghat section was also packed with visitors.