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Trust begins measuring Ayodhya mosque land

According to the foundation’s secretary and spokesperson, Athar Husain, a few draftsmen visited the site. Once it is complete, the details will be sent to architects, who will start working on a map.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: August 23, 2020 3:30:57 am
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The members of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation on Saturday visited Dhannipur village in Ayodhya district to take measurements and prepare a topographic plan of a five-acre land allotted by the state government to build a mosque in accordance with last year’s Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. The UP Sunni Waqf Board has set up the trust for the construction of the mosque.

The topographic plan is required to start work on the site’s architectural map. According to the foundation’s secretary and spokesperson, Athar Husain, a few draftsmen hired for preparing the plan also visited the site.

Once it is completed, the details will be sent to a few architects, who will start working on a map. Construction will begin after the map is finalised.

“As you know that we have been given a five-acre land, which we will use for the construction of the mosque along with two centres to showcase Indo-Islamic culture and study, a charitable hospital, and a public library to be constructed. On Saturday, we went there with a team, including trustee Imran Ahmad, and some hired draftsmen to take measurement of the land with proper equipment and prepare a topographic plan. Once the work is done, we will ask the architects to make the maps,” said Husain.

On Monday, the district administration had started demarcating the land.

Hussain said two separate bank accounts would be set up by the foundation. In one, money will be collected for the mosque construction, while the second one will be for funds for building the two showcase centres, hospital, and library. These accounts would be created after all the Trust members sign off on the move, he added.

The members of the Trust have confirmed that though the mosque’s name has not been decided yet, it will not be named after Babar or any other king or emperor. While the Sunni Waqf Board has announced the names of nine of the foundation’s 15 members, the Trust will co-opt the remaining six.

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