144-year-old Secunderabad Gymkhana Club gutted in fire

Up until 1947, only British Citizens were allowed to be President, and only a handful of high ranking Hyderabad nobility were offered membership in The Secunderabad Club.

144-year-old Secunderabad Gymkhana Club  gutted in fire
Secunderabad Gymkhana Club gutted in fire .

Hyderabad: A major fire gutted the Secunderabad Gymkhana Club, established by the British in 1878 and one of the oldest clubs in India, in the wee hours of Sunday. No casualties were reported in the fire, said police.

"A fire that broke out at Secunderabad Gymkhana Club in Hyderabad was brought under control by Sunday morning. The fire broke out at about 3 am today; the main building is fully burnt," Mataiah, Inspector, Marredpally Police Station, told news agency ANI. 

According to Secunderabad Club website, the club is located on a lush, green, 22-acre campus, the Club’s century-old Main Club House, carefully and aesthetically maintained, had been given Heritage status by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (HUDA). 

Up until 1947, only British Citizens were allowed to be President, and only a handful of high ranking Hyderabad nobility were offered membership in The Secunderabad Club.