CM KCR asks top architect for old city plan

Noted architect Hafeez Contractor, the designer of iconic buildings such as 23 Marina Towers in Dubai and Infosys Technologies’ IT Parks across the country, on Thursday met Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and offered to help the state government in redesigning Hyderabad into a city of global standards.

Accompanied by his team, Mr Contractor also visited areas surrounding the Musi River and examined the proposals for constructing buildings there.

He discussed proposals with the CM regarding construction to be taken up in Hyderabad and identified some locations for the purpose by examining Google Earth maps.

Mr Rao urged the architect to suggest a design to construct ‘Telangana Kala Bharathi’, an international convention centre, in the vacant land located opposite Indira Park. He asked him to design the convention centres with four auditoriums with a seating capacity ranging from 3,000 to 600 each with ample vehicle parking space.

The Chief Minister also requested Mr Contractor to redesign areas surrounding heritage places such as Maozamjahi Market, Charminar, Hussainsagar and the Salar Jung Museum without disturbing their heritage value and ensuring that the new construction in these places supplemented their heritage and historical importance.

He also asked him to design parks on either sides of Musi besides parking facilities. He wanted Salar Jung Museum to be developed as an international museum.

Source: Deccan Chronicle

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