Hyderabad: The "haphazard" works carried out by various agencies as part of the Charminar Pedestrianisation Project (CPP) can do more damage to the edifice of the monument than good in the long run, officials from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have said.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), which is executing the works for the upkeep of the monument is not consulting the ASI, they said. "The water and drain pipelines during the CPP works were laid without studying the problems it would lead to the monument in the long run. The ground was dug up and pipelines were laid in haphazard manner around the monument. The Charminar stands on a foundation of huge volume of granites and in the long run, if water seeps it could cause irreparable loss to the monument," said ASI Superintending Archaeologist of Hyderabad Circle, Milan Kumar Chauley.
He said that several structures dating back to the Kakatiya period were damaged due to such unplanned works taken up by the government across the State.
Speaking during a lecture held at Lamakaan, he further said that the government agencies who are executing the works are not at all consulting the ASI about the ongoing projects. He said that the State government departments are going ahead with ill-planned designs for the CPP which could pose a threat to the monument.
The ASI officials said they had on numerous occasions filed complaints to the government departments but to no avail,...