Alwal

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Alwal
Suburb
Medchal bound DHMU at Alwal Railway Station
Medchal bound DHMU at Alwal Railway Station
Alwal is located in Telangana
Alwal
Alwal
Location in Telangana, India
Coordinates: 17°30′11″N 78°30′25″E / 17.503°N 78.507°E / 17.503; 78.507Coordinates: 17°30′11″N 78°30′25″E / 17.503°N 78.507°E / 17.503; 78.507
Country  India
State Telangana
District Ranga Reddy
City Hyderabad
Government
 • Body GHMC, Alwal
Population
 • Total 2,40,000
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 500 010
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.

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.[1]

History[edit]

Alwal was a prime area under the British Cantonment. It derived its name after ‘alvars’ who were Tamil poets, the proponents of Bhakti movement and devotees of Lord Venkateshwara.[2] It is home to a historic Venkateswara temple, which is located near Alwal municipal office and is more than 400 years old.There is a temple in the style of the Lotus Temple, Delhi

Alwal was a part of Jagir of Sir Kishen Pershad, Prime Minister of Nizam, during 1920s. Sir Kishen Pershad used to have his ‘Devdi’ (palace) at Alwal and used to spend time here during summer.

Commercial area[edit]

Alwal is a major shopping hub for nearby suburbs and villages. It has many shopping malls like Reliance Fresh, Spencer's shopping mall, More etc. Alwal is just 3 km away from Trimulgherry.

There is an e-seva centre, a service provided for paying bills and other government services. A farmers vegetables market, Rythu bazaar is located here.

There are different restaurants offering foods like Sri Anjaneya Tiffins Near Reliance fresh, Biryani Mahal,Aahar near IG Statue,Nartaki Tiffins near Nartaki Theater and Vantakam which is at Citizen Colony Old Alwal etc.

Lakshmikala Mandir, Nartaki Theatre, Select Talkies are some theatres in Alwal. Satya Theater was demolished and in its place a major residential complex which houses companies such as HDFC Bank, Muthoot Finance, Prestige kitchen-ware showroom, SBI ATM,Access Dental Hospital 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) . 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 othershops operating in Alwal for long. Sweet shops like Patel Sweet Home and Balaji Mithai Bhander also located here. 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.

There are also Cell Phone Multi Brand Showrooms such as Sangeetha Mobiles and UniverCell.

Transport[edit]

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.

Alwal Railway Station

TSRTC runs buses here connecting Alwal to all parts of the city(Bus Numbers 25 A,25 S,25 J,25 P,25 I,25 A/J,25 M,2/25 25).

The local train service, MMTS has a train station called as Alwal Railway Station.

Schools/Colleges[edit]

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[3] 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,[4] 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.

Secunderabad's no.1 school St.Michaels School is situated in Alwal

Events in Alwal[edit]

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.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Banks in Alwal[edit]

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.

Assembly Constituency[edit]

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.

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