Stay on GO 183 brightens Heritage Awards night

Stay on GO 183 brightens Heritage Awards night
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With the stay order on GO 183 by the High Court coming on Monday as good news to heritage activists in the city, the XXI INTACH Heritage Awards 2016 function was all the more jubilant. The awards were given away to six recipients along with a citation including Osmania University College for Women, Koti, for restoring the Doll House in its campus.

Hyderabad: With the stay order on GO 183 by the High Court coming on Monday as good news to heritage activists in the city, the XXI INTACH Heritage Awards 2016 function was all the more jubilant. The awards were given away to six recipients along with a citation including Osmania University College for Women, Koti, for restoring the Doll House in its campus.

On December 7, 2015, the Telangana government issued GO 183 which struck down the protection given to about 160 buildings, rock formations and some precincts, leaving them vulnerable to damage and destruction.

P Anuradha Reddy, convenor, INTACH Hyderabad Chapter, said the stay order came on a day when the heritage awards were being given and it warmed the cockles of hearts of one and all and hoped that the heritage, both tangible and intangible, was protected for posterity.

Speaking on the occasion, Sajjad Shahid, co-convenor of INTACH Hyderabad Chapter said, “Many of us believed that after the creation of Telangana State, they would usher in an era of liberty but Hyderabad took a turn for the worse.

Even though, in a recent announcement, the Health Minister was quoted assuring that the government had now abandoned its nefarious plan of demolishing the Osmania General Hospital, the Chief Minister himself has till date not spoken on the matter.”

The Kharkhana Zinda Tillismath located in Amberpet, one of the oldest Unani products manufacturing unit, established by Hakeem Mohammed Moizuddin Farooqui in 1920 was given the award for its associational value as the birthplace of Hyderabad’s very own magic potion and as a memorial to the legacy of Hakeem Farooqui.

St Francis Xavier Church, Yapral, Ramgopal Building at MG Road, Heritage Artillery Collection and Ranbir Hall, Artillery Centre, Golconda, Equestrian Centre Hyderabad Mounted Police, Saifabad, Darussalam, Nampally were the other recipients.

Notable among the awardees was the St Francis Xavier Church for restoring the 175-year-old church in Yapral. Conservation work was started in June 2015 and was completed in November the same year.

Air Commodore Suresh Badyal said the stay order came at a time when heritage structures were neglected and the only way to go forward was to protect what little heritage was left.

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