Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali on Tuesday inaugurated the newly installed 43 closed circuit cameras at the historic Mecca Masjid. The project cost Rs. 45 lakhs.
The cameras which are connected to a control room set up in a room in the Masjid compound will function round the clock and will be monitored by the security personnel in-charge of the mosque.
Speaking to reporters after inaugurating the closed circuit cameras project, Mahmood Ali said the government was taking up massive renovation work at the historic mosque at a cost of Rs. 8.5 crore.
“The Telangana State government is a secular government and is concerned about the issues and problems of the minority communities. The Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao himself is taking keen interest in the developmental works of the mosque,” he said.
Mahmood Ali explained that the State government was gifting a pack of clothes to four lakh people at around 800 mosques in the State so that they can also celebrate Eid-ul-fitr.
AIMIM Charminar legislator Ahmed Pasha Quadri urged the government to make necessary arrangements for the ‘Jumaitul Vidah’ prayers to be held on the last day of Ramzan.
He said that around a lakh people turn up to offer prayers on the last Friday of Ramzan from across the State and wanted the district administration to make all necessary arrangements.
During the era of Nizam rule, sweeping of all the roads from Charminar to Pathergatti used to be done and later the stretch used to be washed with water and carpets laid for people to offer the prayers, the legislator told Mahmood Ali.
Others who visited the mosque included Telangana State Wakf Board Chairman Mohammed Saleemuddin, Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin, Special Secretary Minorities Welfare Department Syed Omer Jaleel and DCP (South) V Satyanarayana.