Hyderabad, India: Finally, there seems to be some hope for dying heritage structures with a sudden spurt in demand for conservation architects in India, Times of India reported. The report also mentioned that in an effort to get world heritage monument status, a complete `condition mapping’ will be taken up at the centuries-old Golconda Fort in Hyderabad very soon.
The condition mapping will help in identifying all the repairs need to be taken up for the fort. Once the condition mapping is done, which may take at least six months after clearances are obtained from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials, a plan will be made to carry out the repairs. So far, ASI authorities have been taking up repair works for the 800-year-old fort only at places where the ramparts were crumbling or had fallen.
In an another report, TOI revealed that a ten-acre garden in Golconda fort, dating back to the 17th century and described in the chapters of history as `Bagh-i-Qutub’ has allegedly disappeared from the government files. However, ASI has dismissed all claims about the garden’s existence, saying that the entire stretch is nothing but “paddy fields,” but clearly ASI has missed sifting through the government’s own records, according to the report.
The report observed that architecture schools are witnessing a burgeoning interest in this once little-known field, Architecture, which until a couple of years ago had few takers.
“There is a lot of conservation work that is happening in Hyderabad now. Besides professionals, even our students are being picked to help in the study and documentation process,” said S Suman Rekha, head of department, architecture, Church of South India Institute of Technology (College of Architecture), adding how several students from the college recently studied and documented over half a dozen heritage monuments in Hyderabad. The list includes the Golconda Fort, Charminar, Osmania hospital, Koti Women’s College, Moula Ali Gate, Seven Tombs and Kursheed Jah ki Devdi among others. The works of the students were even displayed at an event organised on the World Heritage Day.