Hyderabad: The heritage structures doting the busy streets of the City of Pearls may soon be a thing of the past. With the Telangana government issuing an order deleting the regulation 13 relating to heritage and historical buildings falling in the limits in Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), the existence of these structures for the future generations remain doubtful.
In Hyderabad, there are about 160 notified heritage structures. Almost 75-80 per cent of heritage buildings are in private hands. With the government deleting the regulation, owners of the notified heritage buildings would be entitled to pull down the buildings and construct new residential and commercial complexes as per their choice. The state government has referred the issue to the Advocate General.