New Delhi: Work to restore the finial of Jama Masjid’s central dome that was broken final month following heavy rain and thunderstorm has begun with the Delhi Waqf Board (DWB) roping in a conservation agency comprising specialists who’ve beforehand labored with the Archaeological Survey of India — the custodian of historic monuments in India.
Mehfooz Mohammad, part officer, DWB, mentioned that the Jama Masjid managing committee, headed by the Shahi Imam, has given a go-ahead to the agency’s proposal, and the work has begun. He added that the board chairman, Amanatullah Khan, the Okhla MLA, had visited the mosque to examine the injury early this month.
“We’ve roped in a government-approved agency for finishing up the restore work. Retired ASI specialists and officers are related to the agency. They’re specialists within the area and have repaired finals of different historic constructions similar to Agra’s Jama Masjid and others. One other necessary issue behind selecting them was that these specialists have carried out conservation work at Jama Masjid’ Shahi Gate some years in the past,” mentioned Mohammad.
Constructed by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in 1656, Jama Masjid is just not an ASI protected monument. The duty of the mosque’s upkeep rests with the Delhi Waqf Board. Nonetheless, as a particular case, repairs on Jama Masjid have been carried out, sometimes, by the ASI since 1956. Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, had sought help from Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in repairing the ultimate, after it was broken on Might 30, there was no provide from the heritage conservation physique.
No restore or conservation efforts have been undertaken on the grand mosque prior to now few years with a number of parts of the monument having sustained structural injury. In June 2021, a slab of purple sandstone from the minaret collapsed and ended up damaging the courtyard beneath it.
On Monday, a staff was seen working within the neighborhood of the mosque’s dome. Officers supervising the mission informed HT that it’s going to take at the least a month for the finial’s restore. “Final week, we constructed scaffolding across the finial to carry down a portion that was hanging precariously. We stabilized different remaining components of the finial. All of the components of the finial will probably be assembled collectively within the appropriate order and will probably be mounted on a brand new metallic rod that we’ll supply from Mumbai,” mentioned an official from the conservation crew, who requested to not be named.
Whereas practically ten staff are at the moment working on the web site, extra staff from UP’s Moradabad are anticipated to affix the efforts within the coming days, the official mentioned.
“The head (finial) weighs greater than an estimated one tonne. It includes seven items. All these items will probably be positioned collectively of their appropriate sequence on a 25-feet-long rod,” mentioned the official. Since rods of the required size usually are not obtainable in Delhi, a high-quality one will probably be sourced from Mumbai, he added.
“Work is in progress and we should always be capable to full it in a month’s time. Different components of the mosque additionally want help, however we’re specializing in the ultimate for now,” the official added.