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Demolition of Osmania Hospital is no solution, cry heritage activists

Demolition of Osmania Hospital is no solution, cry heritage activists
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The heritage activists in the city are up in arms after hearing about the public interest petition filed in the Telangana High Court seeking direction to the State government for the construction of a new multistoried building

Hyderabad: The heritage activists in the city are up in arms after hearing about the public interest petition filed in the Telangana High Court seeking direction to the State government for the construction of a new multi-storied building. “The doctors protested by wearing helmets when chips from the roof kept falling but why are they not questioning the government for not taking up conservation work. Demolition is no answer,” says R Dev, a resident of Nampally.

It is a U-turn by the medical fraternity. Initially they urged the government to construct new buildings in the six acres land that is available, said Ram, a social activist. The 150-year-old hospital is spread over 26.35 acres. Mohammed Safiullah, managing trustee, Deccan Heritage Trust says, “The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) in its inspection mentioned about the strong structural stability. Where is the need to demolish?”
Speaking to The Hans India, Dr K Mahesh, the petitioner contends that eight of the 11 blocks are not fit for use and there is a need to construct new buildings. Dr P S Vijayender, chairman, Telangana Junior Doctors Association, says, “The government has failed in taking steps. It is sheer luck that no one has been injured. Patients, doctors and all concerned live in perpetual fear. The government needs to take swift action.”

Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, grandson of late Nizam VII of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan says, “We have already submitted a representation and are waiting for a new minister. We would once again approach the government. Osmania General Hospital, like the historic Charminar is synonymous to Hyderabad.”

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