The works related to Charminar Pedestrianisation Project (CPP) may resume as soon as the tense communal situation improves in the Old City. According to GHMC sources it was ready to carry out some works but is waiting for the police to give the go ahead. The officials said the corporation had planned to resume the project a month ago but could not do so owing to the communally charged atmosphere there. The CPP which was envisaged 13 years ago, restarted in 2011, with the GHMC widening roads and clearing encroachments. It had also laid cobble stones on one side of the stretch from Charminar to Gulzar Hauz. Work on the other side could not be completed as traders in the area raised a storm as the laying of cobble stones prevented access to their stores. The GHMC in vain sought to take up work after Ramazan last year on the Sardar Mahal-Charminar stretch.
Now waiting for the police’s approval, GHMC officials say that the cops had requested not to undertake work in December last year as Old City was tense and civic works could have proved a hindrance to the mobility of law and order forces in case of emergencies. GHMC Engineer-in-Chief said that they procured the required material to carry out work and were ready to start. “Only three days ago we moved some bins near Sardar Mahal and deposited two truck load cobblestones. Material has also been deposited opposite Salar Jung Museum for the CPP. We were requested by the police to not carry out work around a month ago as the situation was not conducive,” he said. Another development indicating that the corporation is ready to go ahead with the execution of the project is the standing committee’s sanction of Rs 90 lakhs for uniform signage on Wednesday. One of the important aspects of CPP is that traders of the shops should have signage that is uniform in shape and size on the Madina-Charminar stretch but more importantly should be in tandem with the appearance and feel of the heritage precinct.
The corporation also held discussions with the police and it is learnt that traffic diversion plans have also been worked out. Officials pointed at the possibility of work starting after Sankrati festival if the situation in Old City continues to remain calm.