HMDA Initiating Steps for Iconic Afzalgunj State Library Restoration Works

The State Central Library on the banks of the Musi in Afzalganj, a popular destination for students studying for competitive exams and bibliophiles, is undergoing a significant makeover to enhance its rich and contemporary architecture. The magnificence will return. 

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is working on restoring and conserving a heritage structure. This project is being done under the guidance of MA&UD Minister KT Rama Rao. The estimated cost for this work is Rs 13.45 crore. 

HMDA engineers are preparing to remove lime, scaffolding, and roof surface. Before the renovation, HMDA hired a consultancy to research the heritage structure and present a report. 

Lime, jaggery, sand, and other raw materials are used instead of cement to preserve its structure. Sanitation pipes, manholes, and electrical work are being done in addition to building repairs. In addition, landscaping and horticulture will cost Rs 5 crore. 

Maulvi Syed Hussain Bilgrami established the State Central Library in 1891, formerly the scholar's private library. The library became the Asafia State Library during the Asaf Jah dynasty. 

The Nizam built the library on 2.97 acres of land for Rs 5 lakh. Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan laid its establishment in 1932. In 1936, the Asafia Library moved to the current building after construction. The grand façade, large rooms, and high ceilings suggest a king's palace.