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Apprehensions over fate of mosques during Central Vista work, Amanatullah writes to PM

As work on the Central Vista venture picks up tempo, AAP MLA and Delhi Waqf Board chairman Amanatullah Khan wrote to the Prime Minister looking for assurance that the heritage mosques within the Lutyens’ space wouldn’t be touched.

The letter dated June three reads: “The undersigned, in his aforesaid capability, is anxious with the apprehension shared by varied individuals on social media viz Fb and so on that few mosques located throughout the Lutyens’ Zone of Delhi, particularly the Zabta Ganj Mosque located on the finish of waterbody close to India Gate and mosques located throughout the precincts of Krishi Bhawan and contained in the vice-president home compound, are going through demolition as a result of ongoing Central Vista venture.” He additionally talked about the Sunehri Bagh Highway Mosque and a Mazar close to it, and the Jama Masjid at Crimson Cross Highway.

Khan wrote that the apprehensions by the Muslim group are underpinned by the demolition of two mosques in Uttar Pradesh in Might. He added that there was no communication from any authority dealing with the venture to the Delhi Waqf Board relating to any mosque or Waqf property.

When The Indian The Press Reporter visited the Zabta Ganj mosque at Man Singh Highway on Friday night, work was happening all sides of the 281-year-old construction. The canal that has surrounded the mosque for lots of of years has dried up, with geese that used to swim in it now strolling across the premises.

A gaggle of labourers who work for MTNL dug up the realm in entrance of the mosque to be able to minimize previous phone wires. A web site engineer mentioned, “The realm across the mosque is being beautified. It is going to be related to the remainder of the avenue. The flooring will comprise Kota stones and water might be stuffed in later. The clear water will replicate the blue of the stones.”

The realm abounds in Jamun bushes which, officers, mentioned will stay intact. “No bushes are minimize. If by probability any tree is touched, will probably be transplanted,” mentioned the engineer.

Officers mentioned a distance of three ft is maintained between the mosque and the redevelopment work. Staff, who’ve been on the web site since February, mentioned, “Mosque authorities should not have any points with the work… in truth, they’re very cooperative. Typically, once we want water for work, they supply it from inside.”

Asad Khan Falahi, the mosque’s Imam mentioned, “The Central Vista work won’t hurt the mosque since they don’t seem to be supposed to the touch buildings which can be older than 100 years… there’s actually a scarcity of readability on the opposite mosques like those within the Vice-President’s home or in Krishi Bhawan.”

Officers from the Central Public Works Division, which is implementing the venture, refused to remark and mentioned the MoHUA will concern a clarification quickly. The Ministry has not responded to queries but.

In the meantime, a cold-drinks vendor who has been on the web site for over 50 years, mentioned, “This work is barely non permanent… by November, this whole space will appear like Paris.”

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