HIRABAD: Sketches Of History

By: Habiba Amin

Hyderabad is the second biggest city of Sindh, was founded by Kalhora rulers. Today, though it is not the capital of the province but culturally and educationally is equally important. Known as city of breeze, has many historical places which enlightens the history.

Hirabad was a posh area during pre-partition days. The name of Hirabad was derived from a man namely "Hira Lal".  This posh area of past consists of three main roads, now named as Jail Road, Bhurgari Road, and Prince Ali Road.

The Jail road has a very old tree "Peepal ka Darkht", which has gained popularity to identify the locations and stop for local transport and helps wayfarers to locate the place. Bhurgari Road has historical place of Talpur’s Quba called as "Mir Ja Quba".

Today, Hirabad has been much commercialised but still demanding area of the city mostly by businessmen to settle a better business there.

Old Hirabad had very traditional houses with unique wooden work on stairs, windows, galleries and doors. These houses include colorful and distinctive tiles with work of stone carvings.

Houses at Hirabad have much similarity in construction. They are comprised with unique "Roshandan" which give look of antiquity and show how the dwellers used the technique for enjoying the windy city. Many houses had servant quarters which are now used as car porches.

The architecture of the houses is being ruined because of ignoring the historical perspective and also the new construction is being made over it.

Many people desire to reside in this historical area which has prompted builders to construct plazas.

After inception of Pakistan, Hirabad was turned into commercial area. Doctors lane was here, which was later shifted to Sadder.

However, many medical stores are still present in the area. Now identity of Hirabad has been changed.

Hirabad have got very excellent sewerage system. Monsoon is a season in which city faces problem regarding drainage system because polluted water gathers in lanes and streets.

In that case Hirabad is better because of better system provided by old habitants. This area does not face such any situations.  

It is responsibility of government as well as dwellers to preserve the historical places and try to know the worth of such ancient places.

Hirabad, no doubt, possess historical traces which reflect the prosperous look of past.