Hyderabad: A part of the main gate of the historic Chowmahalla Palace has collapsed due to the heavy rains that occurred in the city on June 27. The collapsed part consists of an architectural structure built around a window, housed on the old entranceway to the Chowmahalla Palace. The broken structure is part of the main gate that hosts a clock tower near Khilwat Maidan.
Broken pieces of the architectural structure were found on the road near the main entrance to the palace in Khilwat.
“The heavy rains in Hyderabad could be the primary reason for the structure collapsing. But there could be other factors too, and it needs to be studied properly before we come to a conclusion,” said Hyderabad-based heritage expert P. Anuradha Reddy.
While no damage to the palace has been reported, sources have said that repair works will be undertaken soon.
The Chowmahalla palace is a historic architectural marvel, located in Khilwat in Hyderabad. Considered to be the official residence of the Nizams ruling the erstwhile Hyderabad state, it was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, built by Nizam Salabat Jung.
It may be recalled that in 2010, the UNESCO Asia Pacific Merit Award for heritage conservation was presented to Chowmahalla place.