Two years on, official slumber puts fate of heritage Hyderabad and Telangana structures in limbo

Telangana CM came forward to announce a decision to constitute state and district-level committees to protect heritage structures.

Published: 27th May 2016 06:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2016 06:13 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: Heritage of Hyderabad and the State has seen much apathy in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh such that a fresh Telangana Heritage Act was considered much needed. The Chief Minister himself had come forward to announce a decision to constitute state and district-level committees to identify and protect heritage structures.

However, the story continues with no change in the script. Two years down the line, since the formation of TS, the apathy of successive governments towards conservation of heritage structures seems to be unending.

The Telangana government is most likely to, without any options left, wholly-adopt the Andhra Pradesh Archeological Sites and Remains Rules 1960 with the deadline for promulgation of new act as per AP Reorganisation Act ending on May 31.

It was in November 2015 that the state department of Archeology and Museums had submitted its report pertaining to the proposed Telangana Heritage Act with possible amendments to the erstwhile Act.

In the absence of a full-time director, the work was delayed at the department and only after the current director NR Visalatchy took charge, works picked pace, as per sources.

On the other hand, NR Visalatchy, refusing to divulge details of the proposed amendments, said “It is completely the prerogative of state legislature. We have done our part and submitted the report.”


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