400-year-old Ashoorkhana cleared of encroachments

Updated - September 17, 2009 11:11 am IST

Published - September 17, 2009 11:09 am IST - Hyderabad

The encroachments around the Ashoorkhana in the Old City of Hyderabad .Photo: P V SIVAKUMAR

The encroachments around the Ashoorkhana in the Old City of Hyderabad .Photo: P V SIVAKUMAR

The 400-year-old Badshahi Ashoorkhana was cleared of all illegal structures.

In a predawn swoop, the revenue and state archaeology department officials descended on the historic monument situated at Pattarghatti and started removing the encroachments.

A Division Bench of the High Court had directed the authorities to clear the encroachments and give a compliance report by Thursday.

A protected monument built by the city founder Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the Ashoorkhana has turned into a dumping yard over the years. It also doubled up as an auction house and a parking lot.

Contrary to expectation there was no resistance at all to the operation demolition which commenced at 6.30 a.m. today. Sensing the seriousness of the court direction, most of the encroachers removed their goods in the night itself.

A heavy contingent of police Were deployed to ensure nothing untoward happened.

''we will immediately take up restoration and conservation work,'' said P. Chenna Reddy, Director, Department of Archaeology and Museums.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.