Worli to access the spot, hence it is



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Worli Fort was constructed to defend pirate attacks on the West coast. The fort
was established way back in the 1675 A.D. by the British rulers of then. The
location is strategic and is located on a high mound at the edge of the Worli
bay giving it a wider field of view to look out for the enemies and aid as a
watch tower.

(originally Wadali – or the village of the wad i.e. the Banyan tree) was a
separate island, with the fort on one end of a rocky ridge which began from
Malabar Hill. John Murray in his book ‘A handbook for India Part II – Bombay’,
describes the Mahim fort and bay as:

“Freyer, in 1680,
speaks of Mahim as a separate island. He says, “in the middle, between Parell
and Mayem (Mahim) , Saeem (Sion) and Bombaim, is a hollow, wherein is received
a branch of the sea, running out at three several places, which drowns 40,000
acres of good land; athwart which from Parell to Mayem, are the ruins of a
stone causeway made by Pennances.” The places where the sea entered are between
Riva Fort and Mahim; between Worli and Mahim Woods; and between Breach Candy
and Lovegrove”

and spatial configuration:

fort has high fortification walls, to guard and keep a watch, with an inner
balcony running around the interior walls. The fort has a grand entry staircase
through a gate, leading to the courtyard and cells. The bell tower constructed
on the South fortification wall is a unique feature. It is a square shaped Fort
with a pointed triangular bastion to prevent dead spaces and provide maximum
coverage and view for defence.


fort is under the management of Directorate of Archaeology and Museums and is
looked after by local management from the Koli community living around the
fort. This area inhabits the local fisher community, which have been present
historically. The access to the fort is unkempt and not well directed to invite
tourists or citizens to access the spot, hence it is only frequented by the
local community. The area around the fort is an open land, highly underutilized
and littered and lack basic civic amenities such as street lights, garbage
dumps, sit outs and benches. The exteriors of the fort are in a good condition
showing minor signs of decay and mortar loss. The interiors are well maintained
by the locals.

future development:

fort and its surrounding has a huge potential to become public open spaces
through guided efforts towards conservation, archaeology and urban design.
Efforts need to be directed towards public engagement and capacity building to
revive this area. 


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