Nashik: Forts across rural areas Nashik will be off limits to hikers and tourists until further notice to prevent accidents, police superintendent Sachin said patient.
A 21-year-old engineering student from Malegaon died on the steps to reach Salher Fort in Satana taluka of Nashik district on Friday afternoon. Patil said that in view of Friday’s incident, it was decided to keep Satana and Trimbak forts closed to visitors for the next 48 hours. Further decisions will be made accordingly.
“In all places with forts across the rural district, local police stations have been asked to deploy personnel. Additional personnel were also sent from police headquarters for the bandobast. In addition, police patrols at relevant places have been instructed to monitor hikers and tourists and prevent them from climbing the forts, mountains, peaks, etc. he said.
The maximum number of forts and peaks are located in the talukas of Trimbak, Igatpuri and Baglan of the rural district of Nashik.
Pankaj Garg, the Deputy Conservator of Forests of Nashik (West), said tourist destinations like Pahine, Dugarwadi, Harihar Fort, Bhaskar Gad, Waghera fort, Bahuli, Oued Tringal, Kurangwadi and Anjaneri have been closed until further notice.
He said tourists or trekkers should not attempt to visit these forts and tourist spots. Those who fail to comply will be subject to legal action.
Ganesh Zole, the Assistant Forest Conservator (Nashik West), said that due to the good rain, tourists and trekkers find it hard to resist the temptation to visit these scenic spots. However, due to the wet ground and slippery surfaces, accidents cannot be ruled out and tourist sites remained off-limits.