Hyderabad: They came all the way from Mumbai to document the neglected and abandoned Khursheed Jah Devdi in Hussainialam, which otherwise draws no attention from locals and authorities.
Once a picture of luxury and constructed in European style of architecture, the building was surrounded by gardens with blooming flowers and fountains. Its interiors were adorned with expensive carpets and exclusive chandeliers, but now its the other way round.
“We were shocked to see the present conditions. The architecture of the building is exceptionally good and we are documenting it. In other cities, such buildings are well-protected and taken care,” said Karan Solanki, a student of Pillai College of Architecture in New Panvel, Mumbai, who came along with a group of 70 others.
Paigah noble Khursheed Jah Bahadur inherited the palace from his ancestors and stayed here. The palace was full of imported furniture, chandeliers and paintings. Woodwork and glass facades were the other features of the palace.
“Paigah noble Nawab Fakhruddin, who built several other palaces in the city constructed this palace in the early 19th century. Artisans from European countries completed the structure,” explains M A Qayyum, former Assistant Director, Department of Archaeology and Museums.
A big garden and stable was part of the palace. The water to the palace was channelled from Mir Alam Tank by a special line, which also supplied water to other royal palaces.
The QQSUDA had maintained the building in 1980s and Hussainialam Degree College for Women functioned from the building till early 2000. “The college was shifted to a newly-constructed building adjacent to Devdi after the ceiling started falling. Now, only a few film units come here for shooting,” says Ameeruddin, a resident.
“A lot of conservation work needs to be done to bring it back to its past glory,” feels Qayyum.