Army, roads and a timeless conflict
The Hyderabad Army was merged with the British Indian Army in 1901 and Bolarum was merged with the Secunderabad Army unit. The distance of 10 km between the two encampments was a bit of a problem because there were 13 villages in between. In 1906, these 13 villages, called Mughlai villages, were added to Secunderabad.
These 13 villages are now creating a problem for the Army, the civilian administration and the state government. Advisor to the state government Papa Rao suggested that the government should take over these 13 villages, since they did not come under the purview of the Army or the Cantonment.
“The closure of the roads affected 15 lakh people and four out of the 18 GHMC areas were affected because of this,” says Sethi who represents the Federation of North Eastern Colonies of Secunderabad (FNECS) as a committee member.