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Durgam Cheruvu Lake

Durgam Cheruvu Lake

Context:

Recently, Telangana Minister of State for Home has inaugurated the new ‘Cable-Stayed Bridge’ constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake.

Details:

  • The bridge touted as one of its kind in the country has been constructed as part of the Telangana government’s flagship Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP).
  • It is set to ease traffic flow towards the city, reducing commute time between Jubilee Hills and Madhapur.
  • The cable-stayed portion of the bridge is 426 metres long, including the approaches on both ends, and 25.8 metres wide, with a total of 52 stay cables. The approach viaduct and solid ramps are 309.8 metres long with 1.8 metres footpaths on both sides.

Durgam Cheruvu Lake:

  • It is a freshwater lake located in Rangareddy district, Telangana.
  • It is also known as Raidurgam Cheruvu.
  • It served as the drinking water source for the residents of Golkonda fort under the rule of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
  • The lake is also known as the 'secret lake', as it was naturally hidden between rocks, with Jubilee Hills on one side and Madhapur on the other.

The Qutb Shahi dynasty

  • This dynasty ruled the Golconda Sultanate in south India from 1518 AD to 1687 AD. 
  • The Qutb Shahis were descendant of Qara Yusuf from Qara Qoyunlu a Turkoman Muslim tribe. 
  • After the collapse of Bahmani Sultanate, the "Qutb Shahi" dynasty was established in 1518 AD by Quli Qutb Mulk who assumed the title of "Sultan".
  • In 1636, Shah Jahan forced the Qutb Shahis to recognize Mughal suzerainty, the dynasty came to an end in 1687 during seventh Sultan Abul Hasan Qutb Shah when Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb seized Golconda fort and occupied the kingdom.
  • The kingdom extended from the parts of modern-day states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • The Qutb Shahis were great patrons of Persianate Shia culture, it also adopted the regional culture of the Deccan (Telugu culture, language and the newly developed Deccani dialect of Urdu).
  • The Qutb Shahis were secular.

Source: All India Radio