The Maharashtra government has set up a 17-member development authority for the Raigad fort, capital of warrior king Shivaji, which would be headed by Rajya Sabha member Sambhaji Shahu Chhatrapati.
The state government, in June 2016, had sanctioned a Rs 500-crore development plan for the 17th century fort, situated in neighbouring Raigad district.
Sambhaji Shahu Chhatrapati is a member of the former royal family of Kolhapur and king Shivaji’s descendant.
He has been appointed to the Upper House of Parliament from the President’s quota.
A government resolution issued last week announced the formation of a 17-member development authority for the fort.
The authority will finalise a development plan for the Raigad fort and surrounding areas, including the memorial of Shivaji’s mother, Jijabai, it said.
The authority would approve expenditures as per a detailed project report for restoration drawn up by the Archaeological Survey of India, and monitor the work.