Petitioners urge state to restore Errum Manzil

  Written by : Suryaa Desk Updated: Mon, Jun 24, 2019, 11:33 AM

Erra Manzil or Iram Manzil is an expansive palace standing in Hyderabad,Telangana, India. 

It was built around the year 1870 by Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk, a nobleman of Hyderabad state. 

It is located on top of a hillock off the Khairatabad - Panjagutta road.

Hyderabad: A petition addressing Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has been started by members of the Fakhrul Mulk family, who built the Errum Manzil, to restore it instead of demolishing the structure for the proposed Assembly building.

The Intach state unit had already given a petition to save the building.

The petition garnered around 500 signatures in less than a day. “The family of Fakhrul Mulk humbly asks you, the Telangana state government, to preserve this heritage site that not only showcases his devotion to architecture but provides a sense of pride to all Hyderabadis. We ask the state government of Telangana to redirect the Rs 100 crore designated for the building of a new office structure in its place towards conservation efforts instead,” the petition stated.

It added that when the Fakhrul Mulk family surrendered the property during Independence to the Centre, they expected it to be taken care of, to be used as a remembrance of Fakhrul Mulk and his contributions to Hyderabad. Intach-Hyderabad convener Anuradha Reddy has already urged the state to save the building. The descendants of Fakhrul Mulk have also sent a formal written representation to Mr Chandrasekhar Rao.

Ms Narjis Syed, one of the petitioners, stated, “A beautiful structure with history and purpose deserves to be saved. India must remember her history, especially with the rise of homes being converted into apartment buildings in the city, large landmarks such as this one are becoming an anomaly.”

A historian stated, “Errum Manzil is a palace once noted for its elegance, luxury, and grandeur. It was built by Nawab Safdar Jung Musheer-ud-daula Fakhrul Mulk in 1870. It is an architectural wonder and a hidden gem.”

The palace boasts of over 150 rooms with a golf course, horse stable, and polo ground, but is currently used as an office for government officials.