Masjid author­i­ties seek re­turn of land

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Macca Masjid author­i­ties have writ­ten to the gov­ern­ment to hand over the Muha­jireen camp land to the mosque so that it can again be used as a park­ing lot.

The land mea­sur­ing about 23,000 sq. yd. was bought and en­dowed to the Masjid by Nizam VII Mir Os­man Ali Khan in the 1930s. “It served as a park­ing place till 1948 when fam­i­lies who were dis­placed dur­ing the Po­lice Ac­tion were given tem­po­rary shel­ter. Of late, per­ma­nent build­ings have come up on the land par­cel,” said Masjid su­per­in­ten­dent Mo­hammed Abdul Qadeer Siddiqui.

Dur­ing the 1940s, car­riages of the Nizam’s fam­ily were parked on this land and they en­tered the mosque from the north gate. Later, the east­ern gate was used as the main en­trance and an ad­di­tional gate was opened to al­low ve­hi­cles in­side the mosque.

“Soon the en­tire area will be con­verted into pedes­trian zone and we will need some park­ing space. So we have writ­ten to the gov­ern­ment to re­lo­cate those stay­ing in the Muha­jireen camp and hand over the land back to the Masjid,” said Mr Siddiqui.

The land served as a park­ing place till 1948 when fam­i­lies who were dis­placed dur­ing the Po­lice Ac­tion were given tem­po­rary shel­ter. Of late, per­ma­nent build­ings have come up on the land par­cel. — MO­HAMMED ABDUL QADEER SIDDIQUI, Masjid su­per­in­ten­dent

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