Speeding up Mecca Masjid restoration urged

Speeding up Mecca Masjid restoration urged

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Mumbai based firm to restore Mecca Masjid -min

Mumbai based firm to restore Mecca Masjid -min
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The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, enough to accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a time. The cornices running around the entire mosque structure and the floral motifs and friezes over the arches remind the tourist of the great attention paid to detail in Qutub Shahi architecture

Recently a team of people consisting of Waqf Board officials, authorities from the State Archaeology Department, Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) and local politicians inspected the ongoing restoration works at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad and expressed concerns over the slow pace of work at the site. The team, during the inspection, observed that major repair works like plugging the leakage on the roof and carrying out a chemical wash of the monument are still pending. The team suggested deployment of more workers at the site to speed up the work. Also the renovation work will be monitored by the officials of ASI. However, some engineers were of the opnion that, restoration of the Masjid is a time consuming proposition as the traditional techniques are deployed at the site to maintain the traditional look and style of the strutcure.

Mumbai based firm, Laxmi Haricon Pvt Ltd is doing the restoration work at the site. Work will be completed in phases and the first phase of the work will be completed in 18 months. Rs 4.5 crore will be spent on restoration in the first phase. In the first phase, the main focus will be refurbishing the mosques main hall.

Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and is one of the largest masjids in India. Completed in 1694, Mecca Masjid is also known for its architectural marvel. The three arched facades have been carved from a single piece of granite, which took five years to quarry. The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, enough to accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a time. The cornices running around the entire mosque structure and the floral motifs and friezes over the arches remind the tourist of the great attention paid to detail in Qutub Shahi architecture.