SCR revives 150 years old “Salarjung Open Well” at Moula-Ali, Hyderabad

Ravindra Gupta, GM,SCR & Shikha Gupta, President, SCRWWO inaugurating Salarjung Open Well at Moula-ali, Secunderabad
Ravindra Gupta, GM,SCR & Shikha Gupta, President, SCRWWO inaugurating Salarjung Open Well at Moula-ali, Secunderabad

Secunderabad: Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, SCR inaugurated a newly revived over 150 years old “Salarjung Open Well” at Moula-Ali, Hyderabad today i.e., 18th July, 2016. Shikha Gupta, President, South Central Railway Women’s Welfare Organization also joined the inauguration.

The Plaque Describing the history of Salarjung Open Well at Moula-ali, Secunderabad
The Plaque Describing the history of Salarjung Open Well at Moula-ali, Secunderabad

The reviving of this heritage well, situated adjacent to the Railway Protection Force Training Centre, Moula-Ali, Hyderabad was undertaken at the bidding of the General Manager, in tune with the emphasis of Railway Board towards conservation of water and revival of abandoned water bodies. This well, which is planned to cater to the water supply requirements of Railway Colony, Diesel Loco Shed and Electric Car Shed at Moula-Ali is expected to give a yield of about 2 lakh liters of water every day. The water yield from this source is expected to generate a substantial saving of around Rs. One Crore per annum to Hyderabad Division of SCR, against the amount presently being paid towards municipal water charges.

Salarjung open well in Moula aliLater, Ravindra Gupta, GM, SCR and other Officials planted saplings towards developing a green environment at the same location. The General Manager visited RPF Training Centre campus to check on another old well, and discussed plans for its revival. Yet another old well located at Alugaddabavi, Secunderabad in SCR’s area, is also being revived.

View of Salarjung open well in Moula aliAruna Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Hyderabad Division, SCR; S.N.Singh, Principal Chief Engineer, SCR other Senior Officials and Representatives of Trade Unions were amongst those present during the Inauguration.

Historic significance of Salarjung Open Well:

The historic significance of this well dates back to the Nizams period of the pre-independence era during Sir Mir Turab Ali Khan, Salar Jung-I (1829-1883). He was considered the Greatest Prime Ministers of Hyderabad. During the initial years, the Nizams used the well for swimming, water sports, recreation etc., along with their Royal family members. Thereafter, it was used for irrigation purposes.

SCR General Manager and other officials after inauguration of well.
SCR General Manager and other officials after inauguration of well.

In the post independence period, the well was inherited by South Central Railway in its formation year 1966. For over five decades since then, the well serve the Railways in watering Steam Engines at the erstwhile Steam Loco Shed, Moula-Ali. After the steam engines were gradually phased out leading to the establishment of Electrical Car Shed (ECS) in the year 2003 here, the well went into disuse.

GM inspecting Salarjung Open Well prior to renovation

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