Boodhi Mandu approach road to be ready by coming month

 Till now, the enthusiasts and people having love for history have to trek through dense forests and difficult terrain to reach Boodhi Mandu (ancient or old) but they will be able to reach there in vehicles from next month. Actually, the construction of the approach road from Nalcha to Boodhi Mandu had started last year and will be completed by March end. Along with this, funds have been sanctioned for the approach road from main road to the John Malcolm palace near Nalcha.

Dhar Collector Alok Kumar Singh inspected the road construction sites on Thursday and issued directives to the officials of Rural Engineering Service for completion of the road as early as possible and for keeping all points of safety of commuters in mind. Thereafter, Singh visited the Malcolm palace which was constructed and inhabited by Sir John Malcolm during British rule. On seeing the dilapidated state of the palace, he directed the officials for clearing up the bushes and trees that had grown over the building. He sanctioned 14.95 lakhs for construction of the approach road from Nalcha to the palace so that the tourists coming to Mandu could reach there also.

“Boodhi Mandu is situated on the western end of the Mandu plateau and a dense forest along with a mountain river and some rivulets placing it apart from Mandu fort city. It has a large lake and a large group of temples dating back to tenth century AD. Almost all monuments, grand ghat on the bank of the lake and temples have been turned into ruins due to no approach leading to gross neglect of the ancient place of high archeological importance”, said Vishwanath Tiwari, the officials guide of ASI and a history scholar by interest.

“Some trekking and hiking groups of Indore and nearby areas often conduct tours upto Booodhi Mandu and as the terrain is very tough, very few become parts of such tours but after the road gets completed, tourists will start going there in large numbers”, said Parvinder Singh Saluja, an advocate of Dhar and an enthusiast of history.