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OLD-TIMERS POINT OUT THAT THE URBANIZATION DRIVE IN THE CITY, POST 2000 SPELT DOOM WITH MULTI-STORIED BUILDINGS COMING UP BY THE DOZEN EACH DAY, UNFORTUNATELY AT ...

    THHYDERABAD, THE 5 LARGEST METROPOLIS OF INDIA, IS THE STATE

    CAPITAL OF ANDHRA PRADESH, KNOWN FOR ITS RICH HISTORY AND CULTURE

    WITH MONUMENTS, MOSQUES, TEMPLES, A RICH AND VARIED HERITAGE IN

    ARTS , CRAFTS AND DANCE.

    This site endeavors to present the rich heritage and culture of Hyderabad, along with an insight into Hyderabad today.

    The capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad is the fifth largest city in India with an ancient civilization and culture. Attached to the city is its twin, Secunderbad, which is part of Hyderabad. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderbad are separated by the Husain Sagar, an artificial lake constructed during the time of Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali.

     According to my grandparents who are residents of Hyderabad from past 50 years,

    summer breaks in college in the mid-1940s meant spending long and leisurely hours around Public Gardens with friends in town strolling in the public gardens even in the month of May which is supposed to be the hottest month of the year. The temperatures never used to shot beyond 38 degrees.

    Fifty years hence, the same period of the year is recording temperatures as high as 44 degrees, threatening to break all past records. The fluctuation in the temperatures is hiking day by day and is expected to reach 50 degrees in the upcoming years. So what exactly has turned Hyderabad into a chimney pot???? It is the government’s apathy that has fuelled the rise of temperatures like the unchecked axing of green cover

    for development with as many as 2,000-3,000 trees axed every year in the last one decade alone in the name of urbanization. Heat absorbing lakes have disappeared with the growing population. The vegetation has become sparse reducing the lung space of the city

     CHARMINAR IN 1940’S THE PICTURE TAKEN FROM CHARMINAR IN LATE 20’S

The major reasons behind this present scenario of the city are:

    1) Over exploitation of the resources

    2) Excessive industrilization

    3) Population explosion

    4) Drastic reduce in the vegetation or green cover in the name of urbanization

    5) Disproportion between demand and supply

    The city's unplanned growth is the main reason for killing its environment and ensuring that the city deals with this sweltering heat for years to come. Old-timers point out that the urbanization drive in the city, post 2000 spelt doom with multi-storied buildings coming up by the dozen each day, unfortunately at the cost of green covers. " If a man walks in the wood for love of them, half of the each day he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed as an industrious and enterprising citizen" - Henry David Thoreau

    THRIVER MUSI IN 19 CENT. AND IN THE PRESENT DAY

    My dream city-HYDERABAD

    The city can be reformed in the fields of resource exploitation, depleting natural vegetation by adopting some simple techniques like

    1) Use of renewable sources of energy than non-renewable sources. 2) Resources saved are resources created

    3) Regulated urbanization in keeping the natural vegetation in view etc. 4) Rain water harvesting in order to save fresh water.

    Use of renewable sources of energy like wind, sunlight and heat by installing wind mills, solar panels etc., will help in producing high amount of power or electricity substituting the over use of thermal or hydel power conserving the coal deposits.

    Renewable sources of energy are never depleting sources of energy which can be efficiently utilized for generating power. This type of resources help in conserving the nature in many ways like, they help us in pollution controlling, avoid depletion of natural resources

    In order to save the nature we must take measure supplementing the usage in the same way fulfilling our need just as using paper bags in the place of polythene bags which are hazardous to nature. Rain water harvesting is the best technique to conserve depleting fresh water which will full fill the day by day water necessity. To meet the house hold power need one can install solar panels, solar geysers etc. which can reduce the dependency on external power supply means. Greenery must be a part and parcel of a residence. Each step taken towards increasing the green cover leads to the eco-friendly development of the city.

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Pollution is now the major issue of any city in the world. It’s the same with Hyderabad.

    Pollution may be of water, air, sound, soil etc. Measures can be taken to prevent pollution in the city for some level keeping the major problems in view. They are

    ; Proper maintenance of vehicles

    ; Purchasing a clean and low smoke emitting vehicle

    ; Drive less by adopting methods of pooling, combining our errands in one trip,

    Use of public transportation facilities etc.

    ; Driving at prescribed speed limits which reduce petrol or diesel consumption and

    not keeping a vehicle idle with running engine.

    ; Reduce the area of impervious surfaces around your home and property inorder to

    reduce air water pollution

    ; Reduce the use of chemicals on soils in order to save soils from chemicals etc.

    “NATURE IS NOT SOME THING WE ACQUIRE FROM OUR ANCESTORS,

    ITS SOME THING WE ARE BORROWING FROM OUR CHILDREN”

    The city must become a hub for hygienic living free of pollution and overcrowding. People must have safe water to drink, clean air to breath, relishing nature to enjoy. Government must take proper measures to maintain the same and not only government, its every individual who must have conscience about our surroundings, our locality, our city and our nation. It’s the society who makes a thing right or wrong n as people make the society they must have the social responsibility in saving the environment.

     “EVERY JOURNEY STARTS WITH A SINGLE STEP, THEN WHY DON’T WE TAKE

    THE INITIATION IN STARTING ONE TOWARDS A SAFER EARTH”

     Ar. NIKHIL CHAKRAVARTHY

     HYDERABAD

     ANDHRA PRADESH

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