Hyderabad

Golconda Fort's forgotten doorway

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Fateh Darwaza has turned into a happy hunting ground for encroachments.

Three hundred and thirty two years ago, on a cold night of September 21, the Qutb Shahi dynasty in Hyderabad was snuffed out after Mughal soldiers surged into the Golconda fort.

A mercenary soldier called Abdullah Panni had opened a doorway to let in the enemy. The doorway is now called Fateh Darwaza. This doorway is what first meets the eye of tourists visiting the heritage site.

But today, it is in a state of disrepair

The gateway is being chipped away as the area under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India is not demarcated. A legal vacuum has emerged between the Revenue Department and the ASI.

Now, the fort has turned into a happy hunting ground for encroachments.

Notices have been sent to people who are encroaching on the site, but there is no authority to stop it. A whole shanty town has grown around the gateway, including private hospitals, schools and markets. The wall to the right of the entrance even has a garbage dump.

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Printable version | Dec 13, 2019 6:15:33 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/golconda-forts-forgotten-doorway/article29557574.ece

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