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HyderabadRestoring pieces of history in old city

Restoring pieces of history in old city

Published: 24th Oct 2021 1:44 am

Hyderabad: Monuments of historic significance that flank the iconic Charminar on different sides are getting a new lease of life with authorities taking up a series of restoration works in the old city.

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To begin with the works at Kali Kaman are going on at a brisk pace. “Special mortar is used to fill the cracks and take up repairs after cleaning the structure. On completion of plaster works, a coat of fresh paint will be given,” said an official. The project costs around Rs 1.48 crores. Three others arches were restored previously.

The Char Kaman (four arches – Machli Kaman to the north, Charminar Kaman to the south, Kaman-e-Sehar-Batil to the west and the eastern Kali Kaman), standing 75 metres tall, were constructed equidistant from Gulzar Houz in the centre during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Quli.

Shah-Ali-Banda clock tower. Photo: Anand Dharmana

The authorities also started the restoration works at the over 100-year-old Raja Rai Rayan Devdi Gadiyal, popularly known as the Shah-Ali-Banda clock tower. The wild vegetation on the tower was cleaned and works are on to fill up the cracks and gaps in the structure before giving it a final coat of fresh paint. Once done it will present a refreshing look. There are also plans to fix the big clock.

Photo: Anand Dharmana

The authorities have also taken up the restoration works of the façade of the Pathergatti stretch and huge scaffoldings have been set up for the works. The building constructed with stone was tampered due to alterations by traders who had applied paints, cement walls and plasters, and affixed name boards by drilling holes in the structure.

“Leakages in the roof and walls will be first fixed and restoration works taken up based on requirements,” said an official. The cost of the project is around Rs 6 crores.

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