Activists in Hyderabad are irked after production work being done at the foothill of the town’s famed Golconda Fort resumed this week. Protests remaining month had compelled authorities to temporarily halt the work.

Activists allege that the moat, which once used to keep water as a defence mechanism, is now being destroyed for the development of a drain. The stormwater drain is reportedly being planned by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), that is constructing a pipeline from the Shah Hatam lake nearby.

Armed with photographs that display earth movers getting used for digging and reducing rocks simply adjacent to the wall, activists warn that this could doubtlessly reason cracks along the structure’s floor and eventually do lots more damage.


Speaking to TNM, activist Mohammed Afzal, Convenor of Heritage Watch and Association for Protection of Civil Rights says, “The production hobby genuinely threatens the structure and is a contravention of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act. There isn’t any clarity from the GHMC on whether or not they have got taken the desired permission. If the wall adjacent the moat collapses day after today, who is to blame? It is utter negligence and apathy from the country government.”

“It is likewise unclear whether or not the GHMC has permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to accomplish that, even though officials on the ground are saying that they’ve received the whole lot required for the venture, including all permissions,” Afzal brought.

The fort is listed as a historical past shape and comes under the jurisdiction of the ASI and any creation interest inside a one hundred-metre radius with out prior permission is illegitimate.

The activist has additionally filed an RTI seeking info of the project and the permissions received to perform the development work with heavy machinery.

Dating again to the 12 months 1143 while it become a dust citadel before being fortified within the 14th and seventeenth centuries, the metropolis of Golconda changed into the important capital of the Qutub Shahi kings before the metropolis of Hyderabad turned into deliberate and constructed on the banks of the Musi river within the seventeenth century.

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