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200-year celebrations begin in Secunderabad

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india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 20:02 IST

Secunderabad on Saturday turned 200 years.

Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy launched a 10-day celebration to mark the occasion.

The chief minister released a commemorative postal stamp and watched a documentary on the history of the cantonment city.

The series of events lined up to mark the occasion includes a carnival depicting the historic landmarks, culture, festivals and lifestyle of the people of the city. Cultural programmes, a vintage car rally, a musical programme, a laughter show and a heritage tour will also be organised.

Prominent singers like Remo Fernandes and SP Balasubramanyam and film actors and actresses will participate in the cultural programmes being organised by the department of tourism and culture.

It was on this day in 1806 that the ruler of then Hyderabad state had issued an order allocating an area to the north of the Hussain Sagar Lake for the cantonment of the British Army.

This followed the signing of a subsidiary alliance for military and political cooperation between Nizam III Mir Sikandar Jah and the East India Company.

Though younger than Hyderabad by 215 years, Secunderabad is known for its distinctive and more modern lifestyle, cosmopolitan culture and architecture.

The twin city of Hyderabad-Secunderabad presents fusion of different cultures. Hyderabad was capital of a princely state ruled by Muslims, while Secunderabad was under the direct rule of the British till 1948.

Hyderabad was the largest princely state in India, having its own flag, currency, postal system, railways and radio.

After the state was merged into the Union of India following a military intervention, the Indian Army took over the cantonment area of the British Army.

Today the city houses dozens of defence establishments, including the Air Force Academy and research institutes.

The cantonment area is administered by the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), which looks after the vast military interests in the area.

However, dozens of residential areas have sprouted all around the cantonment in the last few decades, changing the landscape.