Will Nizam’s ‘treasure trove’ yield gold when razed?

G Block of Secretariat, once known as Saifabad Palace, was used by Nizam as his treasure chest; employees hope to find gold underneath

HYDERABAD: The G-Block of Secretariat, which is in a dilapidated condition, is likely to turn into a pot of gold for the state government which has decided to demolish the existing buildings in the Secretariat.
Block G, which was once known as Saifabad Palace, belongs to Nizams of Hyderabad state. G Block was built in 1888 during the reign of sixth Nizam of Hyderabad. Mahbub Ali Khan, Asaf Jah VI used the palace as his office.

The Nizams used quality teakwood for the construction of G Block. The State government officials said the teak wood would be auctioned after demolition.  
“We have valuable teak wood in the G Block. Once the teakwood furnishings and beams of timbers are removed from the G Block, they will be auctioned,” official sources said. They added that the wooden furniture in all the blocks will be removed and auctioned so that the government need not spend much money for demolition.

However, there was a discussion among Secretariat employees about the real “gold pot” that was unopened till date in G Block. The Saifabad Palace was once used by Nizam as his treasure chest.
However, officials remained tight-lipped over state government’s search.
It may be mentioned that Archaeology department in past requested GHMC twice to dewater the passage from Home Science College in Saifabad to G Block. But, GHMC did not respond.

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