Charminar to get a facelift

Hyderabad’s pride is in for a facelift. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is getting ready to give the much needed touch-up to Charminar, which has been plagued by lichen and moss. Very shortly, it plans to take up chemical treatment of the monument marred by automobile fumes.

The chemistry branch of ASI is expected to take up the chemical treatment. The restoration work which has to be done during day time may take couple of months. However, in view of the commencement of Ramzan next month, authorities might defer the refurbishment plans since the area around Charminar becomes busier than a beehive with shoppers.

The once-hoary structure has developed black spots in many places due to automobile pollution. One can see the dark spots on the minarets from the Lad Bazar side. Besides, growth of lichen and moss gives it a bad look. “We will also take up structural conservation,” said R. Krishnaiah, superintending archaeologist, ASI.