Constructions near Golconda fort stayed

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Solace at last: The Golconda fort which is already reeling under encroachments has got a reprieve after the court order.
Solace at last: The Golconda fort which is already reeling under encroachments has got a reprieve after the court order.

Legal Correspondent

No activity which changes contours should take place near the fort: Court

HYDERABAD: A Division Bench of the A.P. High Court comprising Chief Justice Anil Ramesh Dave and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Tuesday made it clear that no constructions should take place near the Jamalikunta , Nayakhilla areas of Golconda fort and no activity which changes the contours should take place.

These stay orders were given in a petition filed by Forum for Better Hyderabad and PUCAAR voluntary organizations.

The petitioners said that on an earlier occasion the court had made it clear that the works pertaining to golf course will be done by the A.P. Tourism Developmental Corporation strictly in terms of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

The petitioners said that without there being any clearance, and in violation of the rules, activity has been taken up for the last ten days, moat wall has been demolished, new structures have come up and large loads of mud and sand are being dumped in the fort.

Photographs, press clippings were filed. Letter from ASI declaring that no permission was given is also filed.

The counsel for the golf course, S. Niranjan Reddy objected to the contentions raised by the petitioners.

He alleged that the petitioners have vested interest in stalling this activity. He said that the works are taken up to save the local residents from flooding and there can be no objection.

He said that the court had already passed orders on earlier occasion to protect the monument. He said that the present petition may not be entertained.

The Bench asked the respondents not to take up construction or change the contours and adjourned the matter by week to facilitate the respondents to file counter affidavits. The respondents include the District Collector, Tourism Department apart from Hyderabad Golf Association and the Archaeological Survey of India.



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