Ray of hope for Afzal Park

Ray of hope for Afzal Park
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It has become an annual ritual to conduct a memorial meeting on September 28 at the 300-year-old tamarind tree on the premises of the Osmania Hospital that saved the lives of 150 people in the infamous Musi river floods in 1908.

Civic chief assures that the park will be restored to its former glory

It has become an annual ritual to conduct a memorial meeting on September 28 at the 300-year-old tamarind tree on the premises of the Osmania Hospital that saved the lives of 150 people in the infamous Musi river floods in 1908. The concerned citizens usually meet on the day and one among them reads out a poem followed by two-minute silence for the victims. The rituals were followed this year as well.

Members of Forum for a Better Hyderabad and Centre for Deccan Studies at Afzal Park

Usually, the motley crowd disperses after reminiscing the past with a hope that the tree would be saved. This year, however, the gathering went back home with hope, for there was a special guest in GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar who assured that the park would be restored to its past glory.

“We would do our best to restore the glory of the park and are looking out for architects and landscape artists,” said Somesh Kumar.

The Centre for Deccan Studies (CDS) and Forum for a Better Hyderabad who religiously gather every year were upbeat on Sunday.

The tree has a great significance in the history of Hyderabad as the 1908 floods caused great havoc and loss of life and property. However, many people who clung to the tree were saved from being washed away. The Nayapul too had crumbled due to the gushing waters.

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