HYDERABAD Oct .22. K. E. Taraporewalla, Head Directress of the AMI Montessori House of Children, located in "Adil Alan Mansion", a listed heritage building in Nampally area, has clarified that no attempt was made to demolish it.

The building had "collapsed partially due to heavy rain" on September 25, 2001 after "the walls of the mansion suddenly developed cracks", she said referring to a report published in these columns on September 23. This had happened in the presence of the officials of the Emergency Squad of the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad. There is no reference in her letter to the application she had submitted to the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority, the Heritage Conservation Committee and the Government, seeking deletion of the building from the protected list and permission for construction of a new building.

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