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Two-way deal: shifting of the Collectorate on the cards

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WINDS OF CHANGE: A view of Aliya college. - Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
WINDS OF CHANGE: A view of Aliya college. - Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

J.S. Ifthekhar

To get a heritage look; Aliya School to get a large built up area To get a heritage look; Aliya School to get a large built-up area

Hyderabad: A swap of sorts is on the cards between the Hyderabad Collectorate and Government Aliya School.

The district's nerve centre is planning to exchange places with the hoary structure at Gunfoundry to ease the growing congestion at Nampally. It is expected to be a win-win situation for both parties. Aliya School will move into a school zone and get a large built-up area while the Hyderabad Collectorate will get spacious premises with a heritage look. If everything goes right, district authorities will be shifting soon after the academic year is over in March.

The Revenue Department has already broached the matter with the Education Department and the latter has agreed to the idea.

The shifting of the Collectorate has been hanging fire for quite some time. City legislators have raised the issue time and again in the DRC meeting, demanding better and spacious premises for the Collectorate. Apart from the narrow entry, inadequate parking has been a big drawback. The situation only worsens whenever political parties and other organisations stage demonstrations.

Strategic location

Shifting into Aliya School, it is said, takes care of all problems. The move also keeps the Majlis in good humour, as the Collectorate will continue to be in the Asifnagar constituency even after shifting. Though the school has a much bigger area - 2.8 acres as against 2.2 acres of the Collectorate - the built-up area here is very less. The plus point is its strategic location and two entry points. The biggest thing that weighs in its favour is its heritage looks. The century-old edifice has that typical English architecture that befits the high office of the district administration, it is said.

However, Aliya School cannot be occupied in its present rundown condition. A sum of at least Rs. 2 crores is required to repair and renovate it. The authorities are prepared to invest the money to restore the building to its pristine glory. It is proposed to develop the building from tourism point of view, illuminating its majestic premises during nights.

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