Hyderabad (Rahnuma) One of the city’s famous hilltop shrines, Dargah Pahadishareef will ease the burden of pilgrims and they can reach it without much effort, thanks to the ramp being constructed with an estimated cost of around Rs 10 crore. Even vehicles can reach the top sections of the hillock, for conducting ziyarath (pilgrimage) of 13th Century saint Hazrath Baba Sharfuddin Soharvardi. It is located on the Srisailam Highway and is in close proximity to RGI Airport.
According to the official M M Farooqui of TS Wakf Board, to ease the hardships of pilgrims who find difficulty to climb some 360 steps to reach the hilltop, the works of CC ramp were sanctioned more than a year back. Initially, with estimates of Rs 9.6 crore, it was decided to take up the works. The government allotted the works to the TSEWIDC (Telangana State Education Women and Infrastructure Development Corporation) and by a tender process to Mahima Constructions.
The works were started last year, but they were delayed due to several difficulties like change in the plan, owing to huge rocks that came in way. Now the hurdles are removed and works would be completed soon, said Mohammed Munawar, Executive Officer, TSWB. TSEWIDC Executive Engineer P Srinivas Rao said works on the CC ramp track connecting the road near Pahadishareef police station to the hilltop resumed around 4 months back. Explaining about the construction, he said that the ramp’s length was 690 meters from bottom to the hilltop, with a width of 11 meters.
A parking area of about an acre is also provided for the pilgrims near the hilltop. An amount of 1.4 crore was released for the works sanctioned earlier and Rs 1 crore was provided by the Wakf Board on Monday. The works are scheduled to be completed by March-end, he added. According to the Dargah’s custodian Peerzada Syed Moinuddin, pilgrims, particularly the elderly, find it difficult to climb 360 steps to reach the hilltop and perform ziyarath. For easing this, the project was sanctioned by the government of Telangana State.
On average, daily around 300 pilgrims will climb hilltop to perform ziyarath and the number nearly doubles on weekends. But many elderly could not reach the hilltop to perform ziyarath. If the ramp is constructed there will be a four-fold increase in the number of pilgrims.