Saturday, September 27, 2008
Heritage status sought for tamarind tree
HYDERABAD: Representatives of the Centre for Deccan Studies and Forum for A Better Hyderabad have sought heritage status for the tamarind tree, which saved 150 lives during the Musi floods in 1908.
Addressing a press meet here on Friday, Centre for Deccan Studies secretary Sajjad Shahid and Forum for a Better Hyderabad president M Veda Kumar said that they would write to the Hyderabad Conservation Committee for notifying the tamarind tree in the heritage list.
Along with this tamarind tree, number of plaques fixed on buildings and monuments at various locations in the city which recorded the High Flood Level (HFL) marks should be protected and declared as heritage precincts, Veda Kumar said.
Simultaneously, an old building at Old Gandhi Hospital, where the city improvement board (CIB) office was set up should also be declared as heritage building and a CIB Museum should be housed in it, Veda Kumar said. GHMC commissioner S P Singh had promised that the tamarind would be protected as long as he would be in the post. The official assured that the historic tree will be not chopped off for road-widening, he said.
The painting is by Nancy Merkle