Hyderabad Metro: HMRL still damaging heritage structures in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad:  Contrary to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s declaration that heritage structures in Hyderabad would not be touched in the Metro works, many heritage buildings have become targets one after another.

On Friday, the ongoing works of the Hyderabad Metro Rail has cost another heritage structure-compound wall, a fountain and two pillared gates at Aladdin Mansion in Begumpet.

The antique building located near Shoppers’ Stop, an important landmark of Secunderabad was constructed in 1934 and was  listed as a Grade-1 heritage site in 1998 by a Government order. In spite of that, it has fallen prey to the indifference and callousness of the GHMC officials.

Shailesh Ganeriwal, son of Narayanlal Ganeriwal, one of the proprietors of the building said without any notice or advance intimation the HMR officials came in the morning armed with bulldozers and razed the compound wall and also tore down an ancient fountain. “They flattened everything within a 40 feet radius of the compound,” he said

GHMC officials however said they had only demolished the wall that was not part of the heritage structure. It may be noted that the TS CM had compelled the L & T to alter their designs and route of the HMR from Assembly and also the Mozamjahi market.

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