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Waiting for restoration Measures have been on the fast track to restore Charminar, the historic landmark of Hyderabad. Officials started tedious exercises with maps, sketches and blueprints to restore this living example of past glory. The Tourism Department in association with Vastu Shilpa has designed a slide presentation to show the restoration process.

Vastu Shilpa, a designing company, is determined to work with the existing situation, taking care of the traffic, conservation, physical environment and local economy. "It should not be just a cosmetic change but ultimately benefit the people living here," says Rajeev, representative of Vastu Shilpa. The beautification ofLook-through slide show  Lad Bazaar (near Charminar) and its surrounding areas of Nayapul and Mecca Masjid aims at retaining the old generation's charm and the essential trade of the area. To begin with, it has been decided not to allow any widening of the Lad Bazaar road. The entire street would be given a new look, with granite cobbles, water fountains and kiosks for shade. Arches made in Qutub Shahi style will be erected at regular intervals to provide shade to shoppers. The arches can be opened or closed as per the requirement.

All the electric poles, letter boxes and telephone booths will be installed on the footpaths. As the criss-crossing of electric and telephone cables and huge signboards give an ugly look to the fine lattice work on the Pattharghatti Arcade, they are proposed to be laid underground. The world class street furniture with lighting are provided for the benefit of both visitors and shop-keepers. Utilities like drinking water, toilets and help desk will also form part of the new-look of Lad Bazaar.
The picture will change soon
"Signages in three languages - Telugu, Urdu and English - will be inscribed on granite stones. The whole plan has been discussed with the local MPs, MLAs, NGOs and residents and they all endorsed it," Rajeev said.

Hope the day will come soon when the fabulous Charminar once again looks beautifully old and charming.

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