Seven persons from different backgrounds expressed their views on what makes a city beautiful and what is robbing Hyderabad of its glory during a panel discussion on ‘My City, My Vision’ organised here on Saturday as part of the Hyderabad Literary Festival-2014.
The panelists included Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd managing director Jayesh Ranjan, professor A Raghurama Raju of the University of Hyderabad and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation co-opted member Ayesha Rubina.
“The nature of governance which we followed for years created a gap between the government and people, resulting in people’s loss of trust in the government. Only trust, credibility and sense of ownership changes can lead to a vision of a beautiful city,” said Jayesh Ranjan.
He said people and realtors were encroaching upon water bodies and called upon civil society to intervene to set right things.
E Sivanagi Reddy, who worked with the department of archaeology, said they faced several obstacles when they wanted to protect monuments and icons of heritage. “We used to feel disgusted because of it and the situation did not change even today,” he said.