Visiting The Sewree Fort In Mumbai: Relic From The Raj

Mumbai has a fond association with the English. This is the Sewree fort in Mumbai. However though the fort is a protected monument yet the state government has done precious little for its upkeep. As it stands the Sewree fort is favorite for lovers, who kiss and cuddle in seclusion and also a den for people who have nothing to do. The halls of the fort have no roofs and children play a lot of games there. Not exactly a recipe for a protected monument.
 The fort was first built by the British in the 17thcentury. It was built of

stone and mortar. The English had built this fort in anticipation of a Mughul attack. Thus the British built the fort at a height of 60meters above the sea level and it was landlocked on 3 sides. The fort came up in 1680 and was a source of English power in the region. However in 1689 the fort was attacked and captured by one Sardar named Yakub Khan Siddiqui of the Mughul emperor Aurangzeb.
Yakub Khan continued his victorious drive and captured the entire stretch all around up to Mazgaon. But after the death of Aurangzeb and
the decline of the Mughul Empire the British re established their power. In 1768 it was re captured back by the British and remained with them till the dawn of independence. Yakub khan had badly damaged the fort and the British spent considerable time and money and repaired the fort.
The British then began to use the fort as a prison for their opponents. In fact in 1789 they held Sardar Mokal of Malabar in this fort. But history records that Sardar Mokal escaped and the English had no clue how he ran away. But they felt the fort to be unsafe as a prison and converted the halls of the fort into a warehouse. After Independence the fort was taken over by the Mumbai Port trust who continued using it as a warehouse. The fort further went into decline. In 1976 there were plans to construct a housing colony here. However a media outcry did the trick and the fort was declared a protected monument and taken over by the government. However it could still do with a face lift. One hopes the Mahrashtra governmnet and citizens of Mumbai will help out.


 



Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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