Historic Moti Darwaza Detaches From its Arch

Untitled-7On Wednesday morning the historic Moti Darwaza, which is one of the popular entrances to the Golconda Fort, detached from the arch and fell. Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident.

People are blaming the Archaeological Survey of India’s negligence and digging of roads by several government departments. While officials said due to wear and tear of weather conditions caused the door to detach.

Initially a crane was brought to move it, but was in vain since the door was too heavy. Later an excavation machine was brought in by the GHMC which cleared the door from the arch. On Wednesday the road was blocked for more than seven hours.

A Motinagar resident Mohd Rafi said that, “It has been over two months since the electricity department and the Water Board dug up roads near the entrance. The continuous digging had loosened the soil and finally led to the door getting detached. Thankfully, it happened early in the morning and no one was hurt”.

Central Zone commissioner, Dr N. Satyanarayana said, “We provided necessary assistance that was asked for.”

No ASI official was available for comment.

Medaram Jathara

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