Char Kamaan, Mahboob Chowk to be renovated

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to invite conservation architects for renovation of the structures.

By Author  |  Published: 18th Apr 2017  12:12 am
Old City
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Hyderabad: Acknowledging the need to conserve the Char Kamaan, the symmetrical four arches near Charminar apart from Mahboob Chowk and the imposing Clock Tower in the old city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to invite conservation architects for renovation of the structures, which add significant value to Hyderabad’s architectural landscape.

According to GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy, the proposal is to renovate and conserve Char Kamaan at an estimated cost of Rs 1.77 crore. The funds have been sanctioned and tenders for renovation will be invited shortly, he said.

The Mahboob Chowk and the Clock Tower nearby will also be renovated and conserved, GHMC officials said. The Chowk now houses close to 262 small shops, a majority of which are occupied by meat merchants, who will be rehabilitated in plush and renovated shops. A new, remodelled market, with the same architectural style, will be constructed at Mahboob Chowk, officials said. There would be an underground cellar, ground floor and first floor for the proposed plaza to accommodate the existing tenants, they said.

Shops to be retained
Even the small shops, which operate without proper municipal permissions, but help in creating the unique shopping ambience at the historical Chowk will be retained, officials said.

The GHMC Commissioner said that conservation architects have estimated that it would cost close to Rs.1.5 crore to renovate the Clock Tower, while another Rs. 3.5 crore would be required to renovate Mahboob Chowk. Efforts are on to ensure that the Chowk was developed in the same historical style so that the new plaza would have a 18th century ambience.

Municipal officials said that the Kaman-e-Sehar-Battin (the arch of the magic breaker), which leads to Mitti-ka-Sher, was encroached by vendors who sell jewellery, footwear and pearl shops. The Machli Kamaan and Kali Kamaan too are surrounded by perfume and stationary shops. The authorities also acknowledged that the heavy traffic and pollution had affected the condition of the arches.