How trans­port changed lives

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT HY­DER­ABAD, OCT. 13

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.

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