Today, Hyderabad might be known as an IT hub, but for centuries, the city of pearls with its iconic Charminar was known for its old-world charm and Ganga Jamuna Tehzeeb. Right now, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is involved in restoring and beautification of the older part of the city.
The ongoing efforts of GHMC are now showing results, and the old charm is for all to see. Till now, six conservation works have been successfully completed at the cost of Rs 11.28 crore, while seven works are in progress at an estimated cost of Rs 48.74 crore. A granite pavement has been laid at Laad Bazaar and Sardar Mahal Road. A buffer zone has been built around the Charminar, and restoration of Ashoor Khana in Hussaini Alam has been taken up, which are among the works that have been completed by the civic authority.
Some works in progress include the restoration of Char Kamans around Charminar and Mahboob Chowk (Murgi Chowk) at Laad Bazaar. However, recently, the restoration works have been handed over to the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA) by GHMC. Seven works are being completed at an estimated cost of Rs 48.7 crore.
As a part of the process, beautification, and restoration of MJ Market and Clock Tower, Sultan Bazar has been taken up at the cost of Rs 17.51 crore. For the unversed, the restoration of step-wells in the city is also on the priority list of GHMC. Recently, works on step-wells at Bapu Ghat and Gachibowli have been completed.
Greater Hyderabad Heritage and Precincts Committee (GHHC) ordered the removal of encroachments near 25 protected monuments in the city. That’s not all. GHMC is also involved in cleaning the bushes and improving landscaping in the older part of the city.