Yet another Hyd heritage in danger
Sudipta Sengupta, TNN, Feb 20, 2010

HYDERABAD: Illegal constructions have come to haunt Hyderabad’s heritage cover yet again and this time it is a 400-year-old mosque, popularly known as Jamia Masjid. Heritage conservationists are up in arms with the mosque committee building a concrete three-storied building adjacent to this masjid.

Located in a dusty bylane in the Gudimalkapur area of Karwan, Jamia Masjid was constructed during the Qutub Shahi period and is near to another heritage structure— the 200-year-old Jham Singh Balaji Venkateshwara Swamy temple located just across the road. Though the mosque is among the oldest monuments of the city, little has been done to preserve this piece of history.

Activists and locals of the area claim that developers of the building have no permission to carry out the construction, which also violates the Heritage Regulation Act. As per the act, no construction work can be carried out in close proximity of a heritage area. (మరింత…)