HYDERABAD: The state government will take all steps necessary for securing the World Heritage City tag for Hyderabad, minister for municipal administration and urban development KT Rama Rao has said.
“The city has more than 400 years of history and has all the qualities to be declared a world heritage city.
However, the procedures involved are extensive and the state government has prepared the proposals which will sent to the Central government for forwarding it to the UNESCO. Representatives of UNESCO will visit the city and inspect the monuments,” the minister said after inaugurating the renovated Deccan Park here on Monday.Rama Rao sought Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya’s help for getting the Heritage City status for Hyderabad.
Rao said 108 acres covering the Qutb Shahi Tombs and Golconda Fort will be developed as a tourist circuit through the Quli Qutb Shahi Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA).The QQSUDA will be strengthened by providing adequate funds for taking up developmental activities in the old city.
Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi spoke of the need for increasing the green cover to at least 12 per cent. Meanwhile, Dattatreya said the Central government had allocated `500 cr for tourist circuits at Akkana Caves, Mahbubnagar, Warangal and Adilabad.
The Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation, which proposed to develop a Hyderabad Heritage circuit sanctioned by the Union ministry of tourism, has sanctioned ` 99 crore. The facilities being created include an entrance plaza, interpretation centre, parking lot, amphitheatre, pathways, landscaping, boundary wall etc.