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Sion Hillock Fort

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Old map of the region (post 1805).
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The outer wall of the fort

The Sion Hillock Fort is a fort in Mumbai (Bombay), India. It was built under the regime of the English East India Company, between 1669 and 1677, atop a conical hillock when Gerard Aungier was the Governor of Bombay. It was notified in 1925 as a Grade I Heritage structure.[1] When it was built, the fort marked the boundary between British-held Parel island and the Portuguese held Salsette Island that lay to the north across the creek.[2]

The hillock is situated 500 metres from the Sion railway station.[3] At the base of the hill is the Mumbai Circle office of the Archaeological Survey of India,[4] and a garden – the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyan. Nearby forts include the Riwa Fort and Sewri Fort.

The fort is dilapidated and a collection of broken stone steps, scattered walls and ruins, overrun by trees and ground cover. The fort wall has a small room on top. A series of pathways lead to it. The fort offers a panoramic view, overlooking the salt pans in the Thane Creek. However vandalism and apathy have taken toll on the structure. Restoration of the fort had begun in 2009 but was stopped mid-way due to paucity of funds.[2]

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  1. ^ Documentation Update: April 2005 to March 2006. Equitable Tourism Options (Equations). 2006. p. 136. 
  2. ^ a b "Plan to beautify Sion Fort hits roadblock". Hindustan Times. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sion fort to get back old glory". The Times of India. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mumbai Circle". Archeological Survey of India. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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