August 26, 2016 11:58:41 pm
A huge portion of a wall of the nearly 800-year-old Jaisalmer fort has collapsed, however, there was no damage to either lives or property, officials said.
The incident occurred on Thursday in portion of the wall where the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was carrying out some restoration work.
“The ASI was doing some necessary restoration work. Due to rainfall, the water seeped into the wall weakening the structure. The damage to the wall is 13-meter-long and six-meter-high. There was no loss of either lives or any property,” District Collector Jaisalmer Matadin Sharma said.
“ASI officers will soon arrive to Jaisalmer and will gauge the situation. The repairing work will be done as per their instructions,” he added.
The road leading to the fort has been barricaded and the traffic has been diverted, officials said.
The fort which is also known as Sonar Quila is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and still has families, living in huge numbers, in it.
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