Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Parasitology building at Begumpet is a heritage building and the ASI had declared it a protected structure. But, the structure is crumbling and time has come to save it from falling apart. Making this loud and clear, Ch Veera Chary, president of Welltech Foundation, a Secunderabad-based NGO, filed a public interest petition (PIL) in the Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday, seeking directions to the authorities to protect the great facade.
In the petition, Chary charged the higher education department, Osmania University, archaeological and museums director, Airports Authority of India, GHMC and others with neglecting the building, saying it was the centre for path-breaking research by Sir Ronald Ross who discovered remedy for the deadly malaria. “Today, the building is not even
being maintained properly or repairs carried out,” he contended.
Chary wanted a compound wall constructed around the building to prevent unruly elements from entering it. It should be converted into a museum, he observed.
Sir Ross conducted extensive research in the building located within Begumpet Airport and discovered the root cause for malaria. He was knighted by the British government for this work and later awarded a Noble prize for his efforts, the petitioner said.
Osmania University’s zoology department took over the building and the British government releases money even today for its maintenance. The archaeology wing also releases money for its upkeep. “Despite all this, there is no one to look after the building,” he said, expressing concern. He added that the building is a heritage structure and needed to be maintained properly.