Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid Set For Big Makeover

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Mecca Masjid, the architectural marvel in the city, draws hundreds of tourists from across the world

HYDERABAD — The historic Mecca Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, is all set for a makeover from this month end.

According to officials of Department of Archaeology and Museums, the conservation of the mosque would be implemented in three phases. “The renovation works will include restoration of the mosque structure. The structure of the mosque has been affected following seepage of water and other problems which need to be addressed,” D Narayana, assistant director, Department of Archaeology and Museums, said.

The project, which will be completed in approximately 18 months, has been conceived at an estimated cost of Rs 8.48 crore, officials said. “We have prepared a roadmap as part of which it was decided that the restoration of the roof would be taken up in the first phase as there is water seepage in certain places which needs to be fixed immediately,” Narayana said.

Restoration of the main structure, gaps between stones which needs to be filled and water circulation system of the mosque will be addressed in the second and third phases.

As the mosque has pigeons in large numbers, bird droppings are also a major cause of concern as they cause acidic reactions on the exteriors. The pigeon holes in the roofs will also be dealt with, experts said.

To check the extent of water seepage from the roofs, a strength analysis of the structure will also be carried out as part of the project, officials said. The mosque, which is known for its beautiful architecture has the capacity to accommodate about 10,000 worshippers to offer prayers at a time.

The architectural marvel in the city draws hundreds of tourists from across the world, not just for its religious importance but also for the aura and sanctity that one gets to feel in the place.

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