I am going to tell you about Patny Center and how it got its name from a car showroom here. The area got its name from M R Patny, a renowned business executive and founder-director of the State Bank of Hyderabad. One of the few automobile engineers in India during the 1920s, he was also a freedom fighter. During his tenure at the car showroom, he was asked by Mri Sir Osman Ali Khan, the Seventh Nizam to manufacture a customized limousine. The Nizam was the richest man in the world at that time.
- Originally named Patni, it was changed to Patny by the British in 1927
- The area got its name from the Patny car showroom built in 1927. Spanning an area of 4900 square yards, the showroom also had a workshop as per the UK Standards. Apart from English cars, they also dealt in motorcycles and tractors. Pre-independence Austin cars were available for 1200 Haali Sikka (INR 1800). A tank of petrol was complimentary.
- During the 1920s, the car showroom was the only complex in Patny Center. Patny hoardings were visible only at S.D. Road (formerly known was oxford Street) and R.P. Road (formerly named King’s Way)
- The bus stop close to the showroom, between Natraj Theatre and Taj Mahal Hotel meant for city buses was also named as Patny Bus stop
- In those days, there were few buyers for cars and so the Patny car showroom was in real demand. One could easily count the number of cars that went past Patny Center
- During this period, the Patny Center marked the city’s border, the outskirts began beyond it
- The area had a large roundabout-cum-garden, a calm and serene place. Today one can find cloth showrooms with prominent hoardings there
- Many knickknack stores were also located in the area; it seemed like an endless exhibition. Post-independence, this all changed