Alwal
Old Alwal
Neighbourhood
Medchal bound DEMU at Alwal Railway Station
Alwal
Alwal
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 17°30′11″N 78°30′25″E / 17.503°N 78.507°E / 17.503; 78.507Coordinates: 17°30′11″N 78°30′25″E / 17.503°N 78.507°E / 17.503; 78.507
Country India
StateTelangana
DistrictMedchal-Malkajgiri district
CitySecunderabad
Government
 • BodyGHMC
Population
 • Total240,000
Languages
 • OfficialTelugu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
500010
Lok Sabha constituencyMalkajgiri
Vidhan Sabha constituencyMalkajgiri
Planning agencyGHMC, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority

Alwal is a major locality in Secunderabad city, and a suburb of Hyderabad. Earlier, Alwal was a part of Malkajgiri Mandal but in 2006, Alwal Municipality was merged into Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. After the district bifurcation Alwal Municipality became a new Mandal "Alwal Mandal", in Malkajgiri revenue division, with Alwal as the Mandal Headquarters.[1] It was a part of Ranga Reddy district before the re-organisation of districts in the state.[2] It was a municipality prior to its merger into the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.[3]

This area is booming as residents of central Hyderabad are moving to Alwal to escape traffic congestion and pollution. However, Alwal too has fallen prey to increasing commercialization and rampant construction activity contributing to pollution and other ills. No proper town planning of once-spacious suburb of Alwal is leaving its "lung spaces", so to speak, thoroughly constricted. The nearby cantonment (military) area offers good lung space for morning walkers/joggers, but this too had been debarred by the Army officials.[4]

History

Alwal (Circle No.:27, Zone: Kukatpally) is under Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Alwal is considered one of the safest places in Secunderabad area because it is surrounded with Indian Army Corps of EME, Army Quarters and Rashtrapati Nilayam. Alwal was a prime area under the British Cantonment. It derived its name after ‘Alvars’ who were Tamil poets, the proponents of Bhakti Movement and devotees of Lord Venkateshwara[dubious ].[5][unreliable source?] It is home to a historic Venkateswara temple, which is located near Alwal municipal office and is more than 400 years old[according to whom?]. Gundam Balaji Temple is also located in this temple premises, which is stated to be 850 years old. There is a temple in the style of the Lotus Temple, Delhi. This 'Guruvayurappan Temple' is maintained by army and is located near Lal Bazar Ambedkar Statue circle. Thota Muthyalamma Temple is very famous which is 200 meters after crossing Alwal Rythu Bazaar bridge. And Hyderabad's oldest 'Ayyappa Temple' is just 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away after crossing Alwal Rythu Bazaar bridge. We see many in many Shiva temples in 'Linga' form. But in this temple, Shiva Parvathi sub temple, Shiva and Parvati are in 'Vigraha' form. Majority of Alwal area belongs to Reddy families, who are relatives and also landlords of residential properties, commercial properties and agricultural properties.

Alwal was a part of Jagir of Sir Kishen Pershad, Prime Minister of Nizam, during the 1920s. Sir Kishen Pershad used to have his ‘Devdi’ (palace) at Alwal and used to spend time here during summer.

Transport

Alwal is 8 km (5.0 mi) away from Secunderabad Railway station and 12 km (7.5 mi) away from Begumpet Airport and almost 50 km (31 mi) from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

Alwal Railway Station
Alwal Railway Station

Public transport include, city buses operated by TSRTC and MMTS rail services from the Alwal railway station called as Alwal Railway Station.

Notable people in Alwal

Assembly Constituency

Main article: Malkajgiri_(Assembly_constituency)

Alwal falls under Malkajgiri Assembly constituency. Alwal circle consists of three divisions: Alwal, Macha Bollaram and Venkatapuram. Alwal is a small place in India and can be easily explored within a day. The place is famous for Lord Shiva and Lord Venkateshwara temples. The famous alwal 'Jatara' happens during the month of December giving a visual and gastronomic treat to its residents.

References

  1. ^ "Medchal-Malkajgiri district" (PDF). Official website of Medchal-Malkajgiri district. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Medchal−Malkajgiri district" (PDF). New Districts Formation Portal. Government of Telangana. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 November 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation". www.ghmc.gov.in. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ mlc-flooded-with-complaints-over-closure-of-army-roads
  5. ^ yeh humara shehar alwal
  6. ^ List of Padma Shri award recipients (2020–2029)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". www.hindu.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/news/telugu/I-want-people-to-talk-about-my-acting-Vasudev-Rao/articleshow/44826752.cms