Medchal bound DHMU at Alwal Railway Station
|• Body||GHMC, Alwal|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Malkajgiri|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Malkajgiri|
|Planning agency||GHMC, Alwal|
Alwal is a major residential suburb of Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad city. It has a population of 106,424 (2001 census) and forms part of the Greater Hyderabad agglomeration. It is located in the common capital area shared between the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
A part of the British cantonment, Alwal got its name after alvars who were Tamil poets, the proponents of bhakti and devotees of Lord Venkateshwara.
Alwal is home to a historic Venkateshwara Temple, which is located near Alwal Municipal office. There are a number of other temples in the vicinity, at the nearby cantonment (Lalbazar) including one built in the style of the Lotus Temple, Delhi.
This area is booming as residents of central Hyderabad are moving to Alwal to escape traffic congestion and pollution. However, Alwal too has fallen prey to increasing commercialization and rampant construction activity contributing to pollution and other ills. No proper town planning of once-spacious suburb of Alwal is leaving its "lung spaces", so to speak, thoroughly constricted. The nearby cantonment (military) area offers good lung space for morning walkers/joggers, but this too had been debarred by the Army officials.
There are different restaurants offering tasty foods like Sri Anjaneya Tiffins Near Reliance fresh, Lal Bawarchi (now closed), Biryani Mahal, Nartaki Tiffins etc.
Cinema halls such as Lakshmikala Mandir, Nartaki Theatre, Select Talkies are Alwal's prime entertainment hot spots. The famous Satya Theater (now razed down) used to be one of the important cinema houses in Alwal before it fell into ignominy and went out of operation entirely. The old theater had to be demolished and in its place has come up a major residential complex which houses companies such as HDFC Bank, Muthoot Finance, Prestige kitchen-ware showroom, SBI ATM and others.
Alwal also boasts of many multi-specialty hospitals such as Oxygen Hospital near Rythu Bazaar, Prashamsha Maternity Hospital (on the Old Alwal route), Nisha's Dental Hospital, GNR Hospital, Raksha Medinostics (near Alwal e-Seva center) and many more. Gandhi Gyan Mandir Yoga Center is located at Old Alwal popular for health and wellness.
Creams Continental, Bhawani General Stores, Srinivasa Stationery Shop, Ganesh Bakers, Akhil Medical Shop are some of the well-known shops operating in Alwal since long. Famous sweet shops like Patel Sweet Home and Balaji Mithai Bhander have also made their presence felt. Alwal has two Petrol filling stations as well. One in Alwal proper and the other one near Alwal Rythu Bazaar near Oxygen Hospital on the highway route.
Alwal is 8 km away from Secunderabad Railway station and just 12 km from away from the Old Hyderabad Airport in Begumpet Begumpet Airport and almost 50 km from new International Airport in Shamshabad Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
APSRTC runs buses here connecting Alwal to all parts of the city.
Alwal is also home to some of the famous schools in Secunderabad like the St. Ann's High School, Bolarum which was set up in 1876 by a group of nuns from Italy. The other schools in the area are Little Flowers High School, Bethany Academy, Pallavi High School, Brilliant Grammar High School, Gowtham Model School, Valerian Grammar High School (Bolarum Golf Course), Loyola Public School, Model Mission High School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bolarum, and Triveni Talent School.
Schools like Abacus Alphabet, Vivek - The Kidz, ABC Montessori, Sri Sai Vidya Deep, Bachpan, Triveni Talent School, and many others have established their presence here. There are many colleges in the vicinity.
Colleges in Alwal such as Loyola Academy., L.R.M.G. Junior College, St. Ann's Junior College, Swarnandhra Junior College, Vandana Junior & Degree College, Sri Chaitanya Junior College and Narayana Junior College.
Events in Alwal
Jatara: Alwal hosts a Carnival (Jatara) at Shri Venkateshwara Temple (the name Alwal originated here) in every December, which attracts many people from the nearby areas. Several shopkeepers, vendors and entertainers flock a complete 1 km stretch of the road selling a variety of items which include home decors, bangles, kids' toys, etc. A variety of mobile fast-food carts are available to satisfy the taste buds of the visitors. Children get their piece of amusement by riding the merry-go-round, toy-cars, swings, etc.
Noted people in Alwal
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Shyam Benegal, director and screenwriter was born here and used to live here. They used to run a studio called Benegal Studio and was one of the very few in the Lalbazar area. Benegal Studio is no longer in operation. It was here that he lived when he formed the Hyderabad Film Society which was run from Osmania University.
Hyderabad City former Mayor Banda Karthika Reddy also hails from Alwal. M.R.Krishna, Central Minister as Defence Minister of INDIA under Indira Gandhi government has a road named on him in Alwal on his respect towards people helped many middle-class people for which his statue is inaugurated in Yapral near Alwal
Greater Alwal Allied Service Association(GAASA)
GAASA was formed by residents of Alwal in 1987. In the past GAASA pursued the authorities concerned with various issues of common interest affecting the residents of Greater Alwal (comprising the Ex-Panchayats forming the Alwal Municipality viz: Alwal, Yapral, Kowkoor, Turkapally etc.).
Banks in Alwal
All the major public sector and private sector banks are located in Alwal. Syndicate Bank is operating in Alwal since 1967, there are 4 SBH, 2 SBI, 2 Andhra Bank, 2 Indian Overseas Bank, Corporation Bank, Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce, ICICI Bank, AXIS Bank, HDFC Bank, South Indian Bank, AP Co-operative Bank.
Alwal comes under Malkajgiri Assembly constituency. Alwal circle consists of 3 divisions: Alwal, Macha Bollaram and Yapral. All these three divisions come under Malkajgiri Assembly constituency.
- "Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bolarum".
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