‘Illegal constructions outside Jamia Masjid a serious threat to iconic marvel’

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SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference and Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday chaired a meeting of the Anjuman in which the participants expressed serious concern over the “illegal constructions” taking place outside the grand mosque.
They said the “illegal constructions” poses a serious threat to the iconic marvel as many tall buildings are coming up outside the Masjid, blocking the view.
The participants according to a statement said despite having repeatedly told the law enforcing agencies, the authorities have adopted a “criminal silence” and are not acting against those raising “illegal constructions” outside the Jamia Masjid.
The meeting held at Jamia Masjid took stock of the arrangements in and around the grand mosque ahead of the holy month of Ramadhan. The meeting was attended by all members of the managing body of Jamia Masjid and some prominent traders of Jamia market.
The meeting also expressed dismay over government’s “apathy” towards the historic mosque. “Each year government used to convene important meetings and take members of the Auqaf on board ahead of the holy month regarding the arrangements, but this time around, nothing of that sort has happened.”
“There is only propaganda that crores are being spent on the upkeep and beautification of the grand masjid by the government; the situation on ground is opposite. Instead of completing the work outside the Jamia Masjid undertaken by the authorities, all works have been put on hold for reasons best known to the ruling dispensation,” the meeting said.
The participants also said that the issues of providing uninterrupted electricity and water supply to the grand masjid, too has been neglected by the ruling regime, which is a matter of concern.
Meanwhile, on the occasion, Mirwaiz felicitated the Muslim Ummah in general and the people of Kashmir in particular, saying that the fasting month provides great opportunity for the believers to repent their sins and to get closer to Almighty Allah seeking His blessings. He said people must make good use of every minute of the holy month.
Taking stock of the arrangements, the Auqaf members updated Mirwaiz about the arrangements made available for the worshipers who throng the grand masjid during the fasting month. Mirwaiz directed the members and staff about the availability of water for ablution and other facilities and ensure prayer mats are available for every worshiper so that no inconvenience is caused to the devotees in the holy month.