Work has started on the renovation of five historical sites in Helmand province, including the famous ancient fort of Bost, with an investment of Afs15 million (over $194,000), local officials said on Sunday.
The Bost fort has over 3,500 years of history and is considered one of Afghanistan’s greatest cultural heritage sites. It was built in the pre-Islamic era. The fort lies in the outskirts of Lashkargah city alongside the Harirod River on top of a muddy hill. The fort once served as a vacation destination for Sultan
Masood Ghaznavi, a ruler of the Turkic dynasty of Ghaznavids in 1030s.
Helmand governor Yasin Khan said a surrounding wall will also be built around the Bost fort to protect it from harm.
“We have got five projects of renovation under the Ministry of Information and Culture that are Sheshk, Ibn-e-Aban Bosti, Yakhchal and Saa historical sites,” Helmand governor Yasin Khan said.
But some residents of Helmand said that many parts of land related to the Bost fort have been grabbed in recent years.
“The renovation of historical sites is important,” said Neda Mohammad, a Helmand resident.
According to the Helmand Information and Culture Directorate, land has been taken around the fort but will be taken back.
“Some lands related to historical sites have been grabbed by some people. We will recover them,” said Hamidullah Wiyar, head of the directorate.
“It is a national treasure. It will benefit the country after it is renovated,” said Noor Agha, a worker.
“We are happy about the renovation of the fort,” said Ahmad Wali, a worker.