Official Initiatives
The Government must play an important role in the preservation of the Deccan's stunning granite formations. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has taken the first step by including rock areas in Regulation No. 13 of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority(HUDA) for the protection of Heritage Buildings and Precincts. Hyderabad is the only city in India where rocks are protected as a natural heritage. HMDA, the Municipal Corporation and the Tourism Department have already started to develop rock gardens in the city.

The first 9 Formations proposed by the Soiety in 1997 and protected under Regulation 13 of the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority Zoning Regulations 1981 are as follows:

1.

"Hillocks around Durgam Cheruvu", a lake situated between Jubilee Hills and Hitecity

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2.

"Rock Park", Hillock on Old Bombay Road, near Gachibowli

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3.

"Bear's Nose", Formation behind Cyber Tower, Hitec City

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4.

"Mushroom Rock", Formation in the campus of Central University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli

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5.

"Cliff Rock", Hillock in Road No. 46, Jubilee Hills

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6.

"Monster Rock", Formation in Road No. 71, Jubilee Hills

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7.

"Tortoise Rock", Formation in B.N.R.Hills, near Durgam Cheruvu

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8.

"Toadstool", Formation in Road No. 35, Jubilee Hills

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9.

"Obelisk", Formation in Road No. 66, Jubilee Hill

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The Society has again proposed a list of 20 Rock Sites to be notified under the HUDA Heritage Regulations, on 22 May 2006. Out of these sites, 15 have been notified as Heritage Precincts by the Government of AP, G.O. 68, on 3rd Feb, 2009:

1.

Rock on which Baba Fakhruddin Aulia's Dargah is situated, Poppalguda

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2.

Rocks at Maula Ali's Dargah, Maula Ali

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3.

Sentinel Rock, near Maula Ali

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4.

Skull Rock, HiTech City Phase II

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5.

Hamburger Rock, near Telecom Nagar, Gachibowli

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6.

Rock on which Dargah Pahar-e-Shareef is situated Pahar-e-Shareef

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7.

United-We-Stand Rock Gachibowli

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8.

Pathar Dil Rock, Gachibowli

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9.

Rock on which Dattatreva Temple is situated, Asif Nagar

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10.

Allahbanda Hill, Sitaram Bagh

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11.

Gangabowli-ka-Pahar, Gangabowli

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12.

Rocks around Dargah Ghar-e-Mubarak etc., near Taramati Baradari

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13.

Rocks around Piran Shah Wali Dargah, near AP Police Academy

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14.

Rock formations around Shamirpet Lake, Shamirpet

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15.

Rocky Ridge behind Malkam Cheruvu, near Sheikpet

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3 Sites had been proposed in the Secunderabad Cantonment area and, Since not under HMDA (formely HUDA) Jurisdiction, have to be protected by the Cantonment administration.

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Citizens' Initiatives for Preservation
Citizens have taken their own steps to express their love and admiration for our granite rocks by preserving rock formations in their properties, even inside their houses.

Narendra Luther's Wall of Rock in his house in Banjara Hills.

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N. Luther's Rock extends into Rahul's Flat on the first floor of the house.

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Rock in Road No. 32, Jubilee Hills

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The gods like to dwell in or on the rocks. One can find innumerable shrines, from small one-stone places of worship to big temples in and amongst many rocks, and dargahs and chillas as well.
Mahakali Temple in Golconda Fort, built into the rocks

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Also, more and more landscaped rock gardens are emerging near company buildings who are aware of the great asset they possess in the beautiful natural rockscape around them.



 

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