Ne­glected Begumpur Mosque

DNA (Delhi) - - Delhi -

Ly­ing in the heart of Delhi, Begumpur Mosque, once known as the crown of the Tugh­laq era, is in a state of dis­re­pair and ne­glect. Lo­cals liv­ing around the area com­plain of in­ac­tion by the au­thor­i­ties as rowdy el­e­ments con­tinue to harm the site and create a law and order prob­lem in the area. The lack of care and en­croach­ment has taken its toll on the mosque in Malviya Na­gar. In 1921, a por­tion of the roof col­lapsed af­ter which the Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey of In­dia (ASI) cleared it from the en­croach­ers. These peo­ple have since cre­ated shanties around the mosque, and have con­trib­uted to the mosque’s di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion. Lack of care has also led to the fun­gus seep­ing onto the floor and walls here. “My an­ces­tors lived in­side the mosque when we first came to this city al­most 100 years ago. We have just con­tin­ued to live here but the con­di­tion of the mosque is heart-break­ing,” said a lo­cal. The of­fi­cials, how­ever, claim that de­spite their con­stant ef­forts, lo­cals don’t co­op­er­ate.

—Text and Pics: Cheena Kapoor

Lack of care has also led to the fun­gus seep­ing onto the floor and walls here.

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