How transport changed lives
The face of Secunderabad changed at the end of the 19th century, as did other cities, thanks to transportation. “With the advent of railways, the landlocked town of Secunderabad was connected to the two major port cities of Bombay and Madras,” Pankaj Sethi said during his talk on Secunderabad. Technology played an important role since workshops came in to run the railways. The Secunderabad railway station was started in 1928.
While the railways brought about a major change in the lives of people road transport also was a game changer. The Nizam imported 26 buses from Scotland at the cost of `3 lakh. All the bus numbers had a ‘Z’ attached to them because he had dedicated them to his mother Zeherunissa Begum. Even now some buses ply with a ‘Z” on the number plate, said Sethi.
Automobiles revolutionised the way people travelled locally and the Bombay Cycle and Motors Agency in Secunderabad played a huge role. Because of all this, new roads had to be built and Kingsway was built and this decongested the traffic on James Street.
The Begumpet airport was inaugurated in 1937 and opened for commercial use in 1946.
The first census was taken in 1891 and Secunderabad accounted for 26 per cent of the population.