Hyderabad: Illegal construction allegedly posing threat to oldest masjid of the city

Hyderabad: Illegal construction allegedly posing threat to oldest masjid of the city

Hyderabad: Five hundred year old Jama Masjid which is located in Golconda is reportedly under threat due to illegal construction. This construction is taking place along the boundary of the masjid.

According to the report published in the New Indian Express, the construction work encroaches on the land belonging to Masjid.

It is also reported that in-charge of the construction objected mediapersons from taking photographs.

It may be mentioned that the masjid comes under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). An official of ASI alleged that locals are against ASI working there despite the fact that Jama Masjid and several Ashoorkhanas are listed under Golconda Fort and Ruins.

As per the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, constructing within a 100-meter radius of ASI sites is not allowed.

After getting the information, Mr. Milan Kumar Chauley, Hyderabad ASI Superintending Archeologist asked the official to submit the report.

It may be noted that the masjid was constructed during the Bahmani Sultanate. It is located in front of Golconda Fort.