Hyderabad (Rahnuma) Golconda Fort is listed as an archaeological treasure on the official “List of Monuments” prepared by the Archaeological Survey of India under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. Golconda actually consists of four distinct forts with a 10 km long outer wall with 87 semicircular bastions, some still mounted with cannons, eight gateways, and four drawbridges, with a number of royal apartments and halls, temples, mosques, magazines, stables, etc. inside. The lowest of these is the outermost enclosure into which we enter by the “Fateh Darwaza” translated as Victory gate, which was named after Aurangzeb’s victory as his triumphant army marched in through this gate.
Sadly the Fateh Darwaza has become a garbage dumping ground, This gate leading to Golconda is filled with the stink of waste. Fateh Darwaza was used to import pearls and diamonds into the monument during the days gone by. “Today, it is the stench of garbage that welcomes tourists visiting from this darwaza, as the garbage is dumped right in front of it.
City-based Hyderabad Heritage Trust founded by Heritage Activist Deepak Gir has undertaken the task of cleaning up the mighty Fateh Darwaza of litter and heavy growth vegetation with the objective of developing it as a tourist destination.
Heritage Activist Deepak Gir explains, “The potential Fateh Darwaza holds as a tourist destination is staggering. Art shows, heritage walks, lectures, poetry sessions, handicraft bazaars, plays, music performances the Fateh Darwaza and its walls can come alive in a fascinating medley of activities for the people of Hyderabad and visiting tourists.”
In the past Gir carried out a successful cleanup drive at the Hillfort palace which was volunteered by more than 100 from the city, the Trust’s moved had hailed appreciation and support from the chief secretary of the Telangana government, Shailendra Kumar Joshi.
The Trust has also secured permission to carry out a detailed treatment of the Hillfort Palace roof to arrest water leakages and possible damage. This will be done meticulously under the guidance of ASI.
The proposed cleanup of Fateh Darwaza Golconda Fort is scheduled on 22nd September 2019. with volunteers gearing with public fundraising and planning. Hyderabad Heritage Trust has also set up a Donation platform for individuals interested in the donation and to support their campaign.
Arvind Kumar Principal Secretary MAUD and HMDA have agreed to have GHMC extend support in lifting all the garbage and debris we will gather on the Fateh Darwaza Cleanup Drive.
Deepak Gir expresses, “With our government responding positively this is a great chance for Hyderabadis to reclaim their heritage and revive it as never done before.”