Hyderabad: In a startling development, more than 50 trees, standing tall since the establishment of Osmania University in 1919, were recently axed at the heart of Hyderabad.
Osmania University is undergoing construction for a new road within the campus, despite already having two roads for commuters.
Allegations from Adikmet residents claim that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) cut down century-old trees to make way for this new road.
The OU Registrar’s office revealed that the decision to construct the road, situated adjacent to Jamai Osmania railway station and under the Adikmet flyover, received approval from the University Grants Commission (UGC), GHMC, and university authorities a few months ago. The initial proposal dates back to 1985.
Residents in Adikmet fear that the road’s extension into Jamia Osmania basti, where many have lived for years, will further impact their surroundings.
The controversy surrounding the environmental cost of this construction project continues to unfold, prompting discussions among concerned citizens and environmentalists.