ASI plan for making Charminar encroachments-free

GHMC pipelines laid as part of pedestrianisation project pose threat

Updated - August 25, 2018 07:30 am IST

Published - August 25, 2018 02:40 am IST - Hyderabad

A plan for preserving Charminar being presented by ASI official.

A plan for preserving Charminar being presented by ASI official.

The Archaeological Survey of India put up a strong case for clearing encroachments in and around Charminar for guaranteed protection of the 425-year-old heritage monument.

Speaking at a public forum in Lamakaan on Friday, ASI Superintending Archaeologist Milan Kumar Chauley of Hyderabad Circle said the monument faces grave threat due to encroachments and ill-designed and executed civic engineering work near the site.

“Part of the temple abutting the site has now encroached into the minaret. We are unable to carry out any conservation work in a vast space in that area,” said Mr. Chauley showing a series of photographs from 1950s till 2018 to bolster his case. “The recent pedestrianisation project by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was carried out without consulting us. The pipelines have a number of joints due to curvature leaving scope for leakages,” said Mr. Chauley.

“Part of the problem is there are no revenue maps to clearly define the boundaries of monuments. This problem is hampering ASI’s work in almost all of the 3,668 monuments under its protection. We have British-era notifications, or as in Hyderabad, Nizam-era notifications, which name a monument but don’t give a demarcation of the area in terms of extent and directions,” said Mr. Chauley.

The ASI official listed out the difficulties faced by the organisation for carrying out repair and conservation work on Charminar. “Charminar defines Hyderabad. You take the name of the city and the image of the monument comes to mind. We cannot treat such a monument in a shabby way,” he said.

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