Hyderabad: In a major impetus to the exercise aimed at conserving the historic Charminar, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Thursday started to earmark 50 ft around the monument as ‘No Hawkers Zone’.
The ‘no hawking’ restrictions around the over 425-year-old landmark are likely to come into force by the first week of May, when the Ramzan month commences. GHMC put up the ‘No Hawker Zone’ markings around the structure on Thursday.
The officials decided to start the enforcement by placing flowerpots on the markings to prevent hawkers from venturing into the zone. Later, these flowerpots would be replaced with two-ft-high hydraulic bollards, GHMC Director (Planning) K Srinivasa Rao said.
The idea is to facilitate tourists and visitors to spend quality time at the historic monument. The municipal corporation already completed granite pavement works on all four sides in the buffer zone of the structure.
In the absence of restrictions, hawkers occupied every inch of free space in the immediate vicinities of Charminar. Some of them even used the steel railing around the structure to display their products, which was an eyesore, Rao said.
Plans were drawn to introduce a light and sound show too in the coming months. To facilitate seating and other amenities for visitors, there has to be some space around the structure as ASI does not permit seating arrangements inside the structure itself, Rao said. These works are being taken up under the Charminar Pedestrianisation Project (CPP) and traffic curbs were imposed on Gulzar Houz-Charminar and Shalibanda-Charminar stretches.
Launched in 2006, the Rs 35-crore CPP is being taken up with Central and State government assistance. Of the amount, Rs 12.28 crore is funded by the Central government and Rs 5.26 crore by the State, with GHMC pitching in Rs 17.55 crore.
Meanwhile, the civic body also commenced works on setting up uniform signage at the outlets on the Laad Bazaar route. Replicating the beautification works taken up near Golden Temple in Amristar, the work on installing uniform name boards and heritage façade on the route was taken up.