Respect Our Architectural Heritage

Respect Our Architectural Heritage

Posted On 2015-09-13 12:22:25

A number of less known palaces and edifices have either collapsed or lie in a state of neglect fighting for survival while many more have already been erased for the construction of high rise apartments What happens to the future of innumerable lesser known but equally important historical edifices that have played a huge role in shaping the architectural legacy of Hyderabad? There are agencies like Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Department of Archaeology that identify, preserve, conserve and maintain old structures and monuments with historical significance. But, who are going to look after the numerous little known structures that are today facing neglect and decay in Hyderabad? Historically, Hyderabad has large numbers of Havelis, Devidis, Mohallas, Baradaris, Ghadies and old private buildings. There are also century old mosques, temples and churches, which bear distinct architectural features and speak eloquently of the contemporary rich artistic styles. Its not just the forts, palaces and public buildings that were constructed by the erstwhile rulers and nobles of Hyderabad, but even several old palatial private houses also are of equal importance, as far as their architectural importance is concerned. One should only see to believe in a city like Hyderabad, the cruel manner in which the majestic Mahaboob Mansion in Malakpet is subjected to wanton destruction, vandalism and systematic devastation. The wonderful palace, which once was hailed as a bright beauty spot on the face of Hyderabad, now is not more than a heap of rubble. The Asman Palace built by Shams-ulUmra, a Paigah noble, with its imposing neo-classical facade was mercilessly pulled down recently. The King Kothi, the abode of the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali khan, is also waiting for its turn facing the threat of destruction. Even the famous Falaknuma Palace, beautifully perched on a slow rising hillock, not far from Charminar, which was built during the period of Mahaboob Ali Khan also is not free from the encroachments. The same fate has fallen on the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace adjacent to Charminar in Old City where encroachments are eating into this historic palace almost on all the sides..

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