Moula Ali
View of Moula Ali Hill, circa 1902
View of Moula Ali Hill, circa 1902
Moula Ali is located in Telangana
Moula Ali
Moula Ali
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 17°28′5″N 78°33′22″E / 17.46806°N 78.55611°E / 17.46806; 78.55611
Country India
DistrictMedchal-Malkajgiri district
Mandal CircleMalkajgiri Mandal Malkajgiri GHMC Circle No.28
City Metropolitan AreaSecunderabad Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority
CourtX Metropolitan Magistrate Court Malkajgiri at Neredmet
Police StationMalkajgiri PS [1]
FoundedAD 1578 (446 years ago) (1578)
Founded byNizam
Named forAli the husband of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed PBAH.
 • TypeMunicipal Corporation
 • BodyGHMC Malkajgiri Circle
 • OfficialTelugu, Urdu
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN Code
Moula Ali - 500040
Telephone code+9140
Lok Sabha constituencyMalkajgiri
Civic agencyGHMC
Vidhan Sabha constituencyMalkajgiri

Moula-Ali commonly known as Moula Ali . It is a well-developed industrial and urban area in Malkajgiri Mandal, of the Medchal-Malkajgiri district, It is a part of Greater Hyderabad and also a part of Hyderabad Metropolitan Region of the Indian state of Telangana, This area is well connected with rail transportation through the Moula Ali Railway Station. [1] It is noted for its Moula Ali hill, on top of which stands the Moula Ali Dargah and mosque, dedicated to Ali.

This was built during the era of the Qutb Shahi rulers. The Moula Ali Dargah is one of the 11 heritage sites identified by the Heritage Conservation Committee of HUDA. It is basically a large rocky area, with undulating terrain. There is another hillock opposite the Moula Ali Hill, called "Qadm-e-Rasool" on which the sacred relics of the Prophet were supposedly deposited by Mohammad Shakrullah Rehan, a servant of Asaf Jahi.


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Maula Ali Dargah and Maula Ali Arch of Hyderabad came into existence during the Qutb Shahi dynasty. According to British historian William Dalrymple’s accounts, a senior eunuch, Yaqut, in Qutb Shah’s court was asleep, when a man in green robes appeared in a dream and revealed himself as Maula Ali (husband of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed). Yaqut followed him up to the summit of a hill, where he fell down before the Maula Ali, who was resting his right hand upon a rock. Before he could say anything Yaqut found himself awake.

Yaqut set off from Golconda in search of the holy hill, and finally found it along with the mark of Maula Ali’s handprint branded on the rock. The hand mark was hewn out of the rock and placed in the great arch built at the site.

The highly revered Shi’ite site is not just limited to the devotion of Shia Muslims; the Qutb Shahi tradition of annual celebrations commemorating Yaqut’s dream was also continued and patronised by Sunni Asaf-Jahi Nizams. Many great officials and courtiers of Nizam’s regime were of the Shi’ite sect. Prime minister and minister of Nizam Ali Khan, Aristu Jah and Mir Alam are few of the notable Shia Muslims. Ma Laqa Bhai Chanda, Tawaif if Nizam Ali khan’s court was a notable devotee of the Maula Ali Dargah. Ma Laqa Bhai was buried near the shrine, alongside her mother, Raj Kanwar Bhai’s burial site.[citation needed]

The Nizam VI riding an elephant in a procession from Moula Ali, circa 1895 with Moula Ali Kaman in the background

Moula-Ali is believed to have been inhabited since megalithic times.[2] Iron Age burial sites have been discovered in Moula-Ali. The earliest excavations were carried out in 1935 by the then-Department of Archaeology of the Nizam’s Dominion.[3] During the Nizam era, Moula-Ali was a very prominent area, with places like the Hyderabad Race Club located here.[4] Later in 1886 it was shifted to Malakpet. This shift was carried out for the convenience of H.H. Nawab Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, VIth Nizam (seen in the picture on left with Moula Ali Kaman in the background). In 1954, the first open prison was opened at Moula Ali. It was later shifted to Cherlaplly.[5]

The famous rowdy sheeter Chand terrorized this region. He was involved in selling Wakf board properties illegally to many Andhra builders. He died after having a massive heart attack.[6]


The Moula Ali Kaman
Moula Ali Railway Station
A Picturesque Sun set on Moula ali

The major neighbourhoods are Moula Ali hill, Kamala Nagar, A.S. Rao Nagar, Anand Bagh, DAE Colony etc. Kushaiguda bus depot is also located close to Moula-Ali. A large housing project by Andhra Pradesh Housing Board was established in Moula Ali. This colony is now popularly called APHB colony.

View of bazaar with Maula Ali Hill in the background., circa 1902
Rock formations near Moula Ali
View of bazaar with Maula Ali Hill in the background., circa 1902

Industrial area

Various industries are located in and around Moula Ali. The Nuclear Fuel Complex and ECIL are some of the prominent facilities located near Moula Ali. The Republic Forge Company Limited, owned by the state government was also located here, though it was declared bankrupt and shut down. Moula Ali is a major centre for Indian railways, with various facilities like the electric loco-shed located here. Hyderabad Chemicals and Fertilizers was established in Moula-Ali in 1942, but by 1982, the company was declared sick and sold off to a private company. In 1961, Andhra Foundry and Machine Company Limited was established in Moula Ali.[7] Moula-Ali Industrial Estate, with several small and medium scale industries, is located also here.

A division of Union Carbide, manufacturing Eveready batteries is also located at Moula-Ali. HMT Bearings Ltd (formerly Indo-Nippon Precision Bearings Ltd) also has a division in Moula-Ali. A major training centre for Railway Protection Force, Indian Railways Institute for Signal and Telecommunication Engineering and the Zonal Training School (ZTS) of South Central Railway are also located at Moula Ali.


Moula-Ali has well-connected buses operated by Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), which ply on two routes covering most of the area. Kushaiguda Bus Depot is located adjacent to Moula-Ali. There is a railway station around 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the center of Moula-Ali; it the first station encountered while travelling from Secunderabad. However, most of the major trains do not have a stop here. The nearest MMTS Train station is at Sitaphalmandi Railway Station.

The 250-year-old Moula Ali Kamaan (an arch) was declared unsafe by the Archeology Department and the Roads and Buildings Department decided not to allow traffic through it temporarily but to instead divert it through APHB Colony. Moula Ali Kamaan was restored in 2013 and traffic was permitted to use it again, with the exception of heavy vehicles.[8][9] Moula-ali is 55 kilometres (34 mi) from Hyderabad International Airport and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Tarnaka Metro station.

Sub-regions of Moula Ali

Moula Ali is divided into 4 regions: Old Moula Ali, Ecil Extension, Upparguda, and Meerpet (also known as IDA Moula Ali).

Old Moula Ali

IDA Moula Ali /Meerpet

ECIL Extension



  1. ^ Geetanath, V. (9 May 2014). "For a well oiled public transport". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ The Megalith People of Ancient Hyderabad Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Iron Age burial site discovered". Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  4. ^ Hyderabad Race Club. "HRC - A Brief History & Achievements". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Prison Industries - India". 31 March 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Most Wanted and Notorious Rowdy Sheeter Mohd Chand Nabbed – | INDToday". 1 October 2018. Archived from the original on 1 October 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  7. ^ Andhra Pradesh District Gazetteers, 1983, Published by Director of Print and Stationery, Govt. Publication Bureau, Hyderabad
  8. ^ "Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : No traffic through Moula Ali kaman". The Hindu. 23 January 2010. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Kaman finds itself at the crossroads". The Times of India. 9 January 2010. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2011.