Mahatma Gandhi Road (Secunderabad)

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MG Road
Neighbourhood
James Street Police Station
James Street Police Station
Country  India
State Telangana
District Hyderabad
Metro Hyderabad
Government
 • Body GHMC
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 500 003
Vehicle registration TS
Lok Sabha constituency Secunderabad
Vidhan Sabha constituency Secunderabad
Planning agency GHMC
Website telangana.gov.in

MG Road or Mahatma Gandhi Road formerly known as James Street is one of the busiest roads of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and a foremost shopping district in Secunderabad. It is spread over 2 km.

It leads to a warren of streets called Tobacco Bazaar and Pot Market. Major landmarks include Paradise Hotel, Kabra Jewellers, Gandhi Statue, Chermas, Asrani Hotel, Paradise X roads, KFC, Ramgopalpet Police Station and Malani Building.[1]

History[edit]

This road was earlier called James Street and after Indian independence, following convention, a major street in every city in India was named Mahatma Gandhi Road'. There is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the road.

James street circa 1880

Commercial area[edit]

MG Road is one of the foremost shopping areas in Secunderabad. The General Bazaar and Cloth Market off this road are familiar haunts for shoppers and bargain hunters.

Recently hotels have come up on this road including Tirupati's famous Hotel Bhima's.

MG Road is home to numerous global brands. Leading brands have their showrooms located here. Some of these establishments are:

Cherma's: One of Secunderabad's oldest apparel retail stores.
Honda Cars: Sundaram Motors - This is Honda's largest Honda car dealership in Secunderabad.
Philips Light Lounge and Philips Light Studio: Ved Electricals (Ved Group) - This is Philips' largest Philips Light Lounge and Philips Light Studio in Telangana.
Theaters: There used to be many theaters on MG Road like Alankar, Chitrani, and Paradise e.t.c. later these turned into shopping malls and restaurant, Famous Paradise restaurant is one of them, which used to be connected hotel to Paradise theater.

General Bazaar[edit]

Gold Market The area is famous for gold and jewellery shops where one can buy traditional handmade jewellery. Gold market is flourishing here since 150 years.

The area is studded with Zari/Kanchi Saree shops and Wedding related shops. The area has also big shopping names like Bomanna, Chandana Bros, etc.

There is an offshoot road towards the west which takes to the Begumpet Airport, and the road is the place where Sir Ronald Ross is said to have discovered the cause of malaria.

Transport[edit]

MG Road Circle - Gandhi Statue

MMTS Train station is called as James Street.

MG Road is well connected by the state-owned TSRTC buses to all parts of the city. There are plenty of buses since it lies between Rani Gunj bus depot and Secunderabad station.

Landmarks[edit]

Major landmarks include Gandhi Statue, Chermas, Asrani Hotel, Paradise X roads, KFC, Ramgopalpet Police Station and Malani Building.

Police Station[edit]

The M.G. Road in Secunderabad was earlier known as James Street. The Police Station was designed by Dewan Bahadur Ramgopal who donated it to the Police Department for its use. According to an Andhra Pradesh government order dated 23 March 1998 the clock and the police station building were designated as heritage buildings.

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