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Ruins of Metro-line under-construction since years in Hyderabad, to be declared archeological site

08, Nov 2015 By Pagla Ghoda

Hyderabad: The metro-rail infrastructure which has been under construction since many years may soon be declared by government as an archeological site with historic importance.

Metro archaeological site in Hyderabad
Metro archaeological site in Hyderabad

Parizaad Mukhija a local resident told our reporter, “Dirt filled pillars standing since ages, wasted cement, wrought iron rods lying on roadside, and other dusty bill boards saying “metro-metro” are still stationed in the middle of the road since ages. No visible construction work is ongoing above the ground, perhaps there are workers working on foundations under the ground. While we commute through these roads on daily basis do get an ancient feel when we look at these old cement giants (pillars). Hence it sounds good when we hear that these ancient artifacts may soon be declared historically important and then these can be preserved in a museum.”

Baaku Chiintanpalli a traffic cop also echoed similar views, “Kya baatan karte saab. It’s been years we have seen this metro under construction. Roads are partially blocked for ages now. But commuters have adapted to these blockades. These have become a part of our lives. These metro ruins are like an ancient monument for us.”

Archology expert Gangadhar Shastri however raises questions on historical importance of these artifacts.

He said, “I believe we should let all the metro-construction ruins, pillars and cement etc rot at the same place for another thousand years before we can take it to the level of Mohinjadaro and Harappa, then only they can be called Rashtriya Dharohar. Let the civilization take its own sweet time and when in 3015 AD someone digs up an archeological site in Hyderabad, people would find these unfinished metro lines, cement, stones etc. These artifacts will actually be ancient in a real sense then and will provide important details to the humans of 3015 AD about how the construction life-cycles used to be thousand years ago in 2015 AD.”