Hyderabad: The fountain in Osmania University is as important as the Arts College itself, for it has been a rendezvous for many. It was also used as a backdrop in the iconic movie, Nikaah, starring Salma Agha and Raj Babbar. For students who studied here in the past, studying at present and to thousands who throng the university in the mornings and evenings for a stroll, the fountains in the university add beauty to the environment. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Sadly, the fountains are a pale shadow of their former selves, as the university officials say that the lack of water is the reason that the fountains are not being used. Speaking to The Hans India, R Chandru, director for Gardens and Green Belt Department at OU, said “All the water fountains are in working condition and some don’t have water connections, and we will start the water fountains from the next month.” Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us There are six big water fountains in the 1,200 acres of Osmania University campus, and these fountains were repaired just before the centenary celebrations of the university two years ago. Huge and well-designed water fountains, set up in front of Registrar office building, Arts College, Varsity Library, Engineering College and Chemistry department building in the campus, are now not in use. Advertise With Us All the fountains were installed in the campus to enhance the beauty with the help of sanctioned amount in the varsity budget a few years ago, but all the fountains become dry and are filled with mud due to water scarcity in summer season. Even though there is not much water required for the water fountains, as water gets recycled and the water needs to changed only once in a 15 days, the varsity officials said that water is not sufficient for the hostel inmates and for 27 acres of garden area during summers. The water fountains, which are located in front of the Arts College and Engineering College, come under the authorities of the respective colleges and the remaining water fountains come under the Director of Gardens and Green Belt wing of the OU. Old water fountains have been removed and are replaced with new ones and new marbles were put in them. They were started just before the centenary celebrations of the varsity, but again they have been stopped working since summer. Till now, the fountains are not in the working condition, the varsity officials told the The Hans India. Around 250 people are needed to maintain the huge garden area and the fountains in varsity campus, but now only around 30 people are working, and it’s very difficult to maintain the huge garden area and the water fountains with less staff, said the varsity officials. Officials have asked the higher authorities to recruit some more staff for the maintenance of the garden, but they have not done anything yet, the official said. Other varsities allocate more funds in their budgets for the gardening to enhance the beauty of the varsity campus, but OU has kept very less budget for the gardening, said an official on anonymity.
Hyderabad: Intensifying their protest against the State government’s plan of building a new Secretariat and Assembly, the opposition parties on Thursday organised a dharna and tried to take out a rally to Secretriat which was foiled by the police. Police took the agitating leaders into preventive custody and released all of them after few hours. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Earlier, politicians and activists held a protest meeting at Dharna Chowk, Indira Park. Addressing the meeting, TJS chief Prof Kodandaram emphasized on upping the ante on this issue by involving people from all sections. Public money should be spent on the needs of people and not for luxurious purposes, he said. Senior BJP leader D K Aruna lashed out at CM K Chandrashekar Rao for his unilateral decision to demolish Secretariat buildings. She warned that opposition parties would not relent until the government withdraws its plans which would only lead to waste of public money. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us T TDP president L Ramana felt that demolishing structurally strong buildings to construct new ones was nothing but waste of public money. He felt there was some conspiracy going on to demolish heritage structures in the name of new constructions. Another senior leader Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy said that the government was not in a position to answer questions raised by the High Court on this issue. Advertise With Us BJP senior leader Chintala Ramachandra Reddy warned the government that opposition’s fight was not yet over, but it’s just the beginning. Former MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy asked the government to come clean on new Secretariat plans and explain on whose insistence they took the decision. TPCC spokesperson Addanki Dayakar lamented that there was no chance to hold even democratic protests in the new Telangana State, because of autocratic rule of the TRS government. G Vivek, who conducted the protest felt that KCR’s plan was to print his name on all things in Telangana and hence he was taking such decisions without involving anyone. He informed that the Union Home Minister was made aware of this issue and was asked to intervene as the rights of Secretariat and Assembly buildings are with the Governor under Section 8. After the dharna, leaders tried to hold a march from Indira Park to Secretariat but police prevented them. Vivek, Ramachandra Reddy and 30 others were shifted to Musheerabad police station. TJS chief Prof Kodandaram, vice president P L Vishweshwar Rao and 25 others were shifted to Narayanguda police station.