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Heritage tag? Golconda Fort holds 8k tonne trash

HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities are dealing with a daunting job in cleaning up and removal of around 8000 tonnes of garbage and particles in Golconda Fort that has piled up over the last decade. Even more difficult is cutting and cleaning timber and shrubbery off the fortress walls and structures.

In order to safe the elusive UNESCO World Heritage tag, and in anticipation of the UNESCO group visiting the fortress, officers are working on a battle footing to scrub the fortress. They are also looking to divert the sewage that is flowing into the fortress from nearby properties. While space inside the inner fortification wall is quite blank, the outer fortification wall with several Darwazas and other spaces is posing the larger problem.

Speaking in regards to the operation, additional commissioner of GHMC Musharraf Faruqui told TOI: “We have deployed four batches of earth movers and required staffers and the cleaning is under growth. The garbage now not been cleaned up for the past eight to 10 years. Many of the parts of the fortress are nonetheless inaccessible.” Musharraf added, “we have now got rid of 400 tonnes of particles and garbage and our tough estimate is that during all, it might be 20 times extra, thus including as much as a total of around 8000 tonnes of garbage. There are trenches which are like wetlands stuffed with slush. It is fairly a problem to scrub up those trenches.”

He added, ”Removing branches and timber with out damaging the structures is another giant job. We must be very cautious whilst taking away the timber. The stones are not stable. Inaccessibility, height and delicacy are the three problems we are facing.”

Arecholgocial Survey of India officers mentioned that apart from 55 acres of inner fortress space, cleaning has to be taken up at structures like Naya Quila, Katora Houz, Fathe Darwaza, Moti Darwaza, Banjara Darwaza, and Attara Sidi. Dr Milan Kumar Chauley, superintendent archaeology, ASI, Hyderabad, mentioned, “it's going to be a big job to lay a 6km pipeline for supplying water once more the use of the hose that has been cut off.”

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