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Nampally Sarai to regain glory

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Minister inaugurates restoration project, throws open Red Hills Park



LUNG SPACE: The Red Hills Municipal Park that was inaugurated on Thursday. — PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

HYDERABAD: The Rs. 1.1-crore restoration project of Nampally Sarai, constructed in 1919 and a classified heritage structure, was launched on Thursday.

Minister Mohd. Ali Shabbir inaugurated the project that will see works taken up to stabilise the building, which was in a dilapidated condition. Repairs, re-construction of collapsed portions, efforts for adaptive reuse and other site-related interventions will also be taken up by Heritage Conservation Initiative Consultants (HCIC).

A once sought-after guesthouse by visitors to the city in view of its central location, poor maintenance and negligence had led to gradual deterioration of the two-storied Sarai. The balcony of the eastern portion had collapsed in 1998 and the structure had several cracks, damp walls and peeled plaster.

Tourism complex

According to MCH officials, the Bureau of Consultancy, Research and Development, JNTU, had said the eastern wing required total reconstruction while the western wing could be renovated with minor repairs under the supervision of conservation architects. Once renovated, the Sarai would be used as a tourism complex, while food courts and an art museum would also come up nearby.

The Minister later inaugurated the Red Hills Park, developed over an extent of 6,700 square yards with a cost of Rs.64.76 lakhs, and a sports complex adjacent to the park. The Rs. 50-lakh complex would have a 7,800-sq metre playground and a pavilion building, which would have a modern gymnasium, table tennis hall and a hall for gymnastics.

Foot over bridge

Mr. Shabbir Ali also inaugurated the foot over bridge on Road No.2, Banjara Hills, opposite to L.V. Prasad Eye Institute. MCH Commissioner Sanjay Jaju said four other FOBs were already in use with the Dilsukhnagar FOB being the "most intensively used road FOB in the country." Around 20,000 people were using the bridge every day.

The FOBs at St. Ann's, Secunderabad, NTR Marg and Khairatabad would be opened to the public in a month, while construction of another 19 FOBs would be taken up shortly. MPs Anjan Kumar Yadav and Asaduddin Owaisi, Mayor Teegala Krishna Reddy, Deputy Mayor G. Subhash Chanderji, Asifnagar MLA Moazzam Khan, local corporators and MCH officials were present.

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