Moazzam Jahi market to get facelift by Diwali

Historic space gets new lease of life with the State govt laying emphasis on restoration and beautification

By Author  |  Published: 10th Aug 2018  1:18 am

HYDERABAD: The Moazzam Jahi Market restoration has picked further pace with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation planning to complete the works by Diwali festival. After being neglected for years, the historic space is now getting a fresh lease of life with the State government laying emphasis on restoration and beautification.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar adopted the structure in March this year and since then efforts are being intensified to restore Moazzam Jahi Market to its past glory. Already, many works like construction of storm water drains to avoid stagnation of water inside the market, underground laying of electrical lines, removal of hoardings, banners and other unauthorized structures have been completed, said GHMC Director (Planning) Srinivasa Rao.

The clocks in the majestic tower, which had been gathering dust and were defunct till recently, are now functioning. All the four clocks in the tower were replaced with new ones and are being maintained by a popular watch company. The clocks also ring bells every hour. Focus is on ensuring cleanliness inside the market. The meat shops are being renovated and the old pipelines replaced with new ones. All works of diverting the murky water from outside have been completed and measures have been taken to avoid water stagnation by connecting the rain water flow to the nearby drains, he said.

Many works are underway. At present, scaping of dome, construction of electrical duct, repairs to jack arch roof, repairs to door and windows, spiral staircase repairs, RCC ‘chajja’, etc are being taken up. All efforts are being made to complete the restoration by Diwali, said Rao. This will be followed with façade cleaning by micro blasting method to clean the stonewalls and water proofing of the entire ceiling. Once all these civil works are completed, granite flooring works will be taken up in the entire market area, he added. “The project is being taken up with a cost of Rs.18 crore and works nearly Rs.5 crore have already been completed,” said Rao.