Announcing that the fort of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Farmagudi will be fully renovated and the old statue will be replaced, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that the foundation stone for the said work will be laid within a year.
Sawant made this announcement while addressing during a Shivaji Jayanti function of the state government held at Farmagudi-Ponda. Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude, Ponda MLA Ravi Naik, Ponda Municipal Council (PMC) chairperson Venkatesh Naik, information director Meghna Shetgaonkar and other officials were also present.
Chief Minister Sawant said that today’s youth should be sensitised about Shivaji Maharaj’s role in the history of Goa and so with the help of state art and culture department and archaeology department, the entire fort at Farmagudi will be redesigned. New statue of Shivaji Maharaj will be installed in place of the old one, archaeological documents, historical pictures of Shivaji relevant to Goa will be displayed at the fort so that visitors could get to know detailed link between Shivaji and Goa, the Chief Minister said.
Sawant said that Goa would have been freed from the Portuguese rule much earlier if not for Shivaji Maharaj’s untimely death as he had conquered half of Goa including Ponda during the 1600 to 1680 period. He also expressed the need of establishing “Shivkalin Rajya” and urged people to study the life of Shivaji Maharaj.
Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude urged students and youth to study Shivacharitra or life of Shivaji. Just dressing like Shivaji won’t help, people need to understand the life of Shivaji and inculcate his values then only one will be actual lover of Shivaji.
Other dignitaries also addressed the gathering following which various programmes related to Shivaji Maharaj were held.
Meanwhile, Marcaim MLA Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar along with Bandora panchayat and Kavlem ZP boycotted the government function as they alleged that they were not consulted while organising the Shivjayanti programme taking place in VP area of Bandora.
On Wednesday, Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, Bandora panch members and MGP supporters held their own function at Shivaji fort and offered their tributes to the great Maratha king.
MGP president Deepak Dhavalikar, Bandora sarpanch Ramchandra Naik, ZP Chitra Phadte and others were present while addressing the press at Farmagudi.