Staff Reporter

Hyderabad: There was mild resistance and stone-pelting by residents in Golconda area on Wednesday as the GHMC demolished some unauthorised structures near the Katora Houz.

A driver of the demolition squad was injured in the stone pelting.

Following High Court directions, the civic body pulled down two of the three newly-constructed houses near Katora Houz.

Stopped operation

However, the GHMC stopped further operations following an undertaking given by the residents to vacate the premises within a week.

Karwan MLA Afsar Khan was present on the occasion. Sensing trouble, police was deployed in strength.

As per the Ancient Monuments Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, the area within 100 metres of the monument was prohibited and no construction should come up here.

But in Golconda Fort there were 926 houses in the prohibited region and 13 within 30 feet of the fort wall.

Encroachment is the main reason for the Golconda Fort not being declared a world heritage monument, it is said.

“However, we pulled down only the recent constructions,” said Chief City Planner B. Purshotham Reddy.