Hyderabad: Restoration and developmental works at historic Mecca Masjid will commence from July first week, A K Khan, Advisor to Government for Minority Affairs said here on Wednesday.
The works are being taken up at a cost of Rs. 8.5 crore and will be done only by experts in the field. “The services of State Archaeological Department are being taken up for the restoration works who will call for the tenders and renowned companies will do the work,” Mr. Khan said.
He said that the works are expected to be completed in 18 months time frame. “Five times prayers will continue to be offered at the mosque and during occasions of religious importance, the work will be temporarily halted. It is to avoid inconvenience to the namazis,” said Mr. Khan.
Apart from the restoration of work, the officials have also planned to refurbish the carpets and a complete overhaul of electrical wiring and lights, public address system and washrooms.
Syed Omer Jaleel, Special Secretary, Minorities Welfare Department said that in view of the Ramzan month, the department has assigned the task of cleaning the carpets. “We are not changing the carpets because restoration works will be starting in July and the carpet will get damaged,” the official said.
He added that for now we have assigned the task of cleaning the carpets with shampoo and then using vacuum cleaners.
Mr. Omer Jaleel said that 43 new closed circuit cameras will be installed in the Mecca Masjid before the commencement of the month of Ramzan.
He further added that the department has released a budget of Rs. 5 crore to the district collectors to make arrangement for the Ramzan month and the festival. “Our department officials at the district level will coordinate the collectors in making the arrangements at the local mosques and other Ramzan related works,” he added.