450-year-old Katora Houz to retain lost glory

Hit by apathy for long, Katora House has been taken over by water hyacinth, trash and weed.

By Author  |  Published: 10th Aug 2018  12:54 am
Katora Houz
The desilting works are being taken up at a cost of Rs 60 lakh.

Hyderabad: Things are finally falling in line for beautification of the 450-year-old Katora Houz at Golconda Fort with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) commencing the desiltation works in the tank. Hit by apathy for long, Katora Houz has been taken over by water hyacinth, trash and weed. Surrounded by several residential colonies, the water tank was also turning into a mosquito breeding ground.

After a series of meetings with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Telangana Tourism Development Corporation, the municipal corporation commenced the desiltation works at the tank.

After decades, this is the first time, desiltation works are being taken up here. Since last two days, the water was being let out through the decades-old sluice gate downstream towards Langer Houz. Simultaneously, water hyacinth clearance works are also underway, said an official from GHMC.

The desilting works are being taken up at a cost of Rs 60 lakhs. As part of the desiltation works, water hyacinth will be cleared, besides trash. Efforts are being made to complete the works in four months, said the official. Since the water tank is a historic structure, complaints have been made from different sections over the poor maintenance of the tank. Accordingly, the ASI approved the works as a means to retain the past glory of Katora Houz. Local MLA Kausar Mohiuddin on Thursday tweeted saying Katora Houz, the 450-year-old structure is set to retain its lost glory. Desilting of the tank has been initiated by GHMC after obtaining due permissions from ASI. Later, the Katora Houz would be handed over to Tourism department for further development, he tweeted.