New Delhi: Jamaat-E-Islami Hind’s beautiful mosque inside its massive headquarters known in the area as Markaz is all set to turn into a magnificent mosque in the coming months. The expansion work will see the little beautiful mosque turn into a massive structure.
A report in a hyper local news website, Okhla Times, suggests that the construction of the extension, that will completely change the mosque into a massive structure at the cost of Rs 80 million.
Apparently the cost doesn’t include the cost of the land that may run into Rs 150 million or even more as the organization possess huge tracts of the land in Okhla’s Abul Fazal Enclave locality that is part of the Jamia Nagar.
Okhla Times report says that many small housing structures in the vicinity of the proposed mosque expansion have been demolished and the land is being flattened with the aid of powerful machines that have been deployed there. “It was a few months ago when words had circulated in the locality about Jamaat’s plan to expand the mosque to adjust more devotees during Friday pray and festivals, according to reliable sources”, says the report.
Apparently the expansion work has been delayed as the extension’s foundation laying ceremony was conducted many years ago. There was further delay due to the demonetization issue as like everything the JIH ran into cash crunch problem.
Okhla Times while quoting a Jamaat insider says, “It appears that work has already begun for the expansion of mosque on Jamaat compound. These days one can see bulldozers at work and construction wastes are being carried away. The mosque will come up in phase-wise with chances being high of cost going up. By the time the project is completed the cost could escalate to Rs 13 crore of more”.
There are many within the Jamaat who have questioned the expansion plan arguing that it was needless as merely a few rows are filled in normal prayers. It is only during Friday prayers when devotees’ numbers swell and they have to offer prayers in well-maintained lawn surrounding the mosque.