Hyderabad: The long wait of residents living in and around Uppal for a cultural platform will be soon over with the construction of mini Shilparamam gathering pace. Maintaining the tempo, authorities plan to complete the works and open the facility by December.
The Arts, Crafts and Cultural Society and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) have jointly taken up the project and works pertaining to the entry gate, crafts village, landscaping, amphitheatre and other structures are in full swing.
The mini Shilparamam is coming up on a 7.20 acre-plot near the Nagole Metro station. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao had laid the foundation for the project on April 8 this year.
HMDA had allocated the land to the Arts, Crafts and Cultural Society in July and the entire project is being taken up in two phases. In the first phase, the open air auditorium, crafts village, stalls and food courts will be developed. There will be an exclusive children’s play area.
The amphitheatre will have a seating capacity of 1,000 and State of the art facilities will be in place for artistes to stage performances, said society special officer G Kishan Rao.
The entire project will be developed with an ethnic theme, replicating a village atmosphere like the one at Madhapur. In tune with the steel works, landscaping, fencing and other civil works are underway.
“All these works are being executed through nut and bolt technology with high quality steel and avoiding use of concrete, save for foundations. Concrete structures are not permitted in the area,” said Rao.
However, tackling the mosquito menace and foul smell is going to be a challenge for the officials. With Shilparamam being developed on the banks of River Musi, there is every possibility of visitors facing inconvenience due to flow of murky water in the river. Local leaders have appealed to the officials to set up a sewerage treatment plant near Shilparamam to ensure flow of clean water in the river. At present, ornamental and special fragrance emanating saplings are being planted all along the banks.
In the second phase, focus will be on making the project self-sustainable. Plans are being made to develop a multi-purpose hall to host corporate events, functions and the funds generated will be utilised to meet operational costs.