NEW DELHI: The Central Zone Deputy Commissioner of the Municipal
Corporation of Delhi and nodal officer of the Rs. 250-crore project
prepared for re-development of the historic Jama Masjid and its
surrounding areas here as an international tourist site informed the
Delhi High Court on Friday that a tender would be floated for the
purpose by June-end this year.
Nodal officer Vijay Singh submitted that preparation of the project was
in the final stages and it would soon be submitted to the Delhi Urban
Arts Commission for approval.
If the project gets implemented within the given two years’ time, then
all visual obstructions — including the police post at the back of the
mosque (called Dost Chowki) — will be gone. There will be ample space
for parking and pedestrians.
The mosque building itself is in urgent need to restoration.
Conservation architect Navin Piplani, in his presentation, said the
mosque was “decaying and there is heavy water seepage”.
He said that a large number of constructions that have come up within
the compound of the mosque will have to be removed.
In his presentation, architect Pradeep Sachdeva said even the roof of
the Meena Bazaar and the structures around it will have to go so that
one gets a clear view of the mosque from all sides.
The tyre market, auto spare parts market and junk dealers behind the
mosque will have to be shifted and the outer facades of the surrounding
buildings restored to provide the right foil for the mosque.