Nizam-era hangar collapses in Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, July 5 (IANS) The historic Nizam-era structure housing the old Central Bus Station (CBS)collapsed on Thursday, officials said.

There was no loss of life as the officials of Telangana State Road Transport Corp had luckily vacated the place just two days ago on the advice of engineers and buses had stopped entering the premises since Wednesday.

Earlier known as Mississippi aircraft hangar, it had been constructed in the 1930s by Mir Osman Ali Khan, the last ruler of the princely state of Hyderabad, for the maintenance of his aircraft. It was later used as a bus station by the Nizam’s Road Transport Department.

A major landmark of the city, it has been a bus station for the past six decades.

Located on the banks of Musi River, it was the first pre-fabricated structure of the city.

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It was the bus station for Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corp (APSRTC), serving millions of people across undivided Andhra Pradesh.

In 1994, when Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station was built nearby, CBS was converted into a garage for APSRTC and a stop for city buses in Gowliguda.

–IANS

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