Hyderabad blasts: Anatomy of Dilsukh Nagar and its growth

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Hyderabad, Feb 22: Dilsukh Nagar is one of the densly populated locality of Hyderabad and has been part of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation since 2007. This means it was integrated into the city of Hyderabad very recently but was always a busy middle-class residential and commercial centre thanks to the migrants from the coastal Andhra.

Its 30-km radius area packs nearly 20 lakh population and hence has markets, hotels, educational institutions and of course cinema halls. It is on Mumbai-Vijayawada National Highway 9 with a heaviest traffic density in the capital region. Since it hosts Asia's biggest fruit market there is always flow of goods traffic. The Gaddiannaram or Kothapet Fruit Market is Andhra Pradesh's main fruit market and counts as one of the largest in the world.

It was once a remote suburb of modern Hyderabad, and its birth is attributed to local landlord Dilsukh Ram Pershad. He formed the layout after converting the agriculture land into residential plots. Now, it has several colonies like P&T Colony, Chaitanyapuri, Kothapet, SBI Officers' colony, Gaddi Annaram, NGOs' colony, Kalyan Nagar and RK Puram.

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The Dilsukh Nagar bus stand is always crowded as it is well-connected to rest of Hyderabad and Securndrabad. It location is an advantage to middle class population as Hyderabad's main and Asia's biggest bus station Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station is close, as well as access to markets of Koti area. With growth on the upswing it now comes under the metro rail corridor of phase one from L B Nagar to Miyapur (near Hi-Tech city or the tech hub of AP).

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