Hyderabad: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday warned against any damage to the 200-year-old heritage market of Sultan Bazar in the city by the metro rail.
KCR was speaking at a meeting organised by the traders of Sultan Bazar, who would be affected once the corridor of the metro rail comes up through the market. He demanded that metro rail tracks passing in the vicinity or through heritage buildings and areas should be made underground.
At the meeting, KCR questioned whether the metro rail was a transportation or a real estate project given the many acres of land that the government had given to the project developer, L&T. He also demanded that the detailed project report be made public and that an all-party meeting be convened to discuss the project.
Traders stated that the corridor from Kacheguda crossroads to Putli Bowli, via Badi Chowdi, Sultan Bazaar and Koti would destroy the heritage market.
The Sultan Bazar Parirakshana Samiti had organised a public meeting to air its protest against the construction of the proposed corridor. Traders said that the market was a busy stretch and the authorities should consider alternate routes or options such as an underground track as in the Mumbai metro project for busy areas. Traders argued that scores of livelihoods were dependent on the market and the project would throw their lives out of gear. TOI