Iconic Jama Masjid has developed cracks in its dome; PM’s help sought

Jama Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in the 17th-century. It is one of the largest masajid in India. According to the custodians of the Masjid the grand 361-year-old mosque in old Delhi is in urgent need of repair. They said parts of its external facade and internal structure are crumbling.

The rampant water seepage has eroded the structural integrity of the main dome and layers of sandstone and plaster are peeled off from its walls and intricate parapet carvings.

As reported by the Hindustan Times, the Shahi Imam of the Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari had written a letter last year to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking help for the urgent repair of the structure, and made several appeals to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) telling them that the situation is fast becoming dire.

The iconic Masjid is visited by an average of 5,000 tourists and 1,000 worshippers every day.