Srinagar: An upcoming Imambara at Khomeini Chowk in Bemina would be the largest in Kashmir so far, but paucity of funds is slowing down the construction process.
The two-storied Imambara is spread over eight kanals of land. So far the management says 3 crore rupees have been spent on it, all raised locally from the community.
“There is no government hand in constructing the Imambara. The local committee financially supported the construction.” Manzoor Ahmad, a resident of Khomeini Chowk said.
“The construction of the Imambara started in 2008 but due to non availability of funds the work gets affected.”
The first set back to the construction came in the form of 2014 floods. Work was also drastically impacted by the 2016 uprising.
The foundation stone for the Imambara was laid by Aga Syed Muhaqmmad Fazullah, the renowned religious scholar from Budgam who passed away recently. Aga Fazlullah was the son of Aga Syed Yousuf al-Mooosvi, a religious leader with huge influence and following in the Shia community.
Aga Fazlullah’s son, Agha Syed Hadi Moosvi Alsafvi, who looks after the construction, said the total land for the site is 22kanals including the eight kanals on which the Imambara building is coming up.
“There was no help from government as we never asked for help. The construction of Imambara is always funded by locals,” Aga Hadi said.
However, given the pace of construction amid paucity of funds, it seems the ambitious project will take a long time to complete.
Aga Hadi said the first designs for the Imambara were provided by Wani Associates.
“However, later a friend of mine from Iran, Saifullah Hussaini suggested change in the exterior design” he said.
The management added that a mosque will also come up on the site adjacent to the Imambara.