AHMEDPUR EAST - The Punjab government has allocated Rs100 million for the repair and renovation of historical Derawar Fort in Cholistan.

It may be recalled that Abbasi family of former Bahawalpur princely state had taken Derawar Fort into custody in 18th century. But after the merger of Bahawalpur State into Pakistan in 1954, each government neglected the historical fort which was constructed by Rajput ruler Rai Jajja Bhatti in 9th century.

Bahawalpur Commissioner Capt (r) Saqib Zafar took notice of the dilapidated condition of Fort Derawar and started negotiation with notables of the Abbasi family for renovation and repair to the fort.

The Abbasi family gave NOC to the Punjab government at instigation of the commissioner and the government released Rs100 million for the renovation and repair to the fort. As per official sources, the Punjab government had provided Rs6 million last year for repair to the fort but the funds were insufficient.

Now renovation of the fort, started at the instigation of Commissioner Capt (r) Saqib Zafar, would complete within next two years. Official sources said that boundary wall of the fort, its towers, rooms, mosque and the road leading to the fort will be repaired and renovated. The two-year project would help preserve Derawar Fort in real shape, sources claimed.