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Fisher students offering support to Jaisalmer Fort

Fisher students in Jaisalmer, IndiaFive students from the Ohio State Fisher College of Business have traveled to Jaisalmer, India to work with CITTA, a non-profit organization, and help determine the most economically sustainable way to harvest, store, transport, and purify water in this desert region. Specifically they are examining options for the Jaisalmer Fort, the only living fort in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Prince Chaitanya Raj Singh of Jaisalmer reached out to Ohio State to inquire about the ways in which business students could offer their expertise and create a feasibility plan that will help preserve this landmark as both a working fort and historical monument.

Since arriving in Jaisalmer, Fisher students (Joe Wimer, Hanna Aityeh, Roni Groebner, Adela Pang, and Elizabeth Navarre) have taken various tours, collected data, and conducted meetings/interviews in order to learn about the fort itself, how it functioned, and what the most pressing issues facing the fort were at that time. Meeting with locals, NGO’s, and local boards became a daily activity as they began to develop an understanding of the fort, its issues and its culture. The sewage system that is currently in place appears to be the biggest problem. There are often issues with this system, and maintenance occurs frequently. The problem here is that the sewage chambers are hard to access, there is a lack of proper drainage, which causes flooding, and the system itself was not installed properly. In fact, it was completely redone last year, and is ready to be re-worked again.

Though this problem is burdensome, it’s not merely about inconvenience. Flooding due to a lack of drainage is detrimental to the well-being of the fort, and continues to take a toll on its integrity. Consequently, the team from Ohio State is working together with Prince Chaitanya Raj Singh, the local municipal board, ASI (Archeological Survey of India), and outside sources in order to develop the best plan of action in order to address this problem at the root. The project will continue to move forward as students complete the follow up class in autumn semester. Studies are already demonstrating that it would be beneficial to partner with engineering students to evaluate the project.