ASI’s Toilet Construction Threatens Hyderabad’s Golconda Fort

The construction of a toilet complex by ASI in Hyderabad’s historic Golconda Fort has courted controversy.

The 600-sq-feet toilet complex is being built near the inner Fort, which is a protected monument of national importance. Though the construction has not affected the view of the fort, the large scale construction has already damaged the rock formations in the complex. It is quite ironic that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a body which is tasked to protect historic locations and monuments are resorting to actions that could lead to the destruction of them.

There are fears that the construction at the site which is located 600 meters above the sea level could damage the cave temple of Jagadamba and a darbar hall which is a heritage site.

“Director General, ASI, is the competent authority to approve the work. On behalf of the ASI, the Directorate Office of ASI, New Delhi, approved the plan to build toilets earlier and the second one was prepared by WAPCOS whose design was approved by the Hyderabad Circle,” says the RTI reply.

Meanwhile, the locals have alleged that the ASI is turning a blind eye towards the rampant encroachment of the Golconda fort.

“It is a serious concern as the ASI has turned a blind eye towards rampant construction on all sides of Golconda Fort. Though many articles have been published in newspapers, nothing has been done. There are many places which need to be preserved,” Mohammed Habeebuddin, a heritage activist told The Times of India.

According to activists the prevailing confusion on the limits of the fort is one of the reasons why ASI is not serious about the encroachments.

Golkonda fort which spans over across 11 km was once the seat of power of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.

While the tort, the citadel, the fortification walls, the gateways of Naya Killa, and the Qutub Shahi Mahal have been maintained by the AIS, the adjoining land which is also a part of the complex has been for long neglected and has resulted in rampant encroachment by land grabbers.

Source: India Times

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