After 6 years of renovation, Hazratbal shrine dome leaking

Safeena Wani
Srinagar: During recent rains, worshippers at the Hazratbal shrine have noticed that the dome, whose renovation took six years, was leaking.
Vice-chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Wakaf Board Peer Mohammad Hussain told Kashmir Reader that he has contacted the engineer concerned of the Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation, which carried out the renovation work.
“He is on it. Now we hope this won’t happen again,” Hussain said, while blaming the JKPCC for delay in renovation works, which have cost Rs 3 crore so far.
The JKPCC accuses the Wakaf Board of “not cooperating with us”.
“They are yet to release our payment. That is the reason we are not able to complete the renovation of the shrine,” said JKPCC general manager Vaqar Mustafa.
Local residents and devotees blame the Wakaf. In September 2012, when the marble tiles of the dome came crumbling down, people had protested and clashed with the police.
“For Wakaf people the dome became a project for minting money,” said Nazir Ahmad Bazaz, a local resident.
“The Wakaf is run by corrupt people. They took bribes from contractors who have use low-quality building material which has caused the leak in the dome,” said Mukhtar Ahmad, a pot seller in the market nearby.