In another update, the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid in Delhi recently wrote to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repair the damage of the minarets. The minarets of the Jama Masjid were damaged after a storm hit the national capital.
Shahi Imam Requests Intervention from Archaeological Survey of India
In the letter written to PM Modi, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Bukhari requested him to direct the Archaeological Survey of India to check and repair the monument. He further spoke to the media and said that the stones from the minaret of the Jama Masjid has fallen in the past as well. And small stones keep falling but it is the fourth time that a huge stone has fallen after a storm.
Further talking about the reasons behind the falling of the stones from the minarets, Bukhari said that during the Mughal rule, iron leaves were used to keep the stones in place. But they tend to melt as the time passes and so does the stone. He added that the stones used to create the minarets are almost 400 years old. And naturally, the condition of the stones is dilapidated.
He further said that the beauty of the stones remains intact only on the outside. But they have found insects inside the stones as well. Some of the stones have been kept stable with plastic ropes to prevent them from falling.
Bukhari said that they also emphasize on having an engineer inspect the monument and check how much damage has been done to the foundation of the mosque. Due to the falling of some stones of the mosque, there is a fear that more stones may fall in future because the adjoining stones with those which have fallen recently have become weak.
Big Accident Is Around The Corner, Says Bukhari
Further talking about the issue, Bukhari said that because of the lockdown, people are offering prayers at home. So there is no overcrowding in the mosque. But if the ASI does not get the required repairs done, a big accident might happen in the future.
According to official information, at present the Jama Masjid does not come under the jurisdiction of the ASI but only after a request is made for maintenance or repair, the ASI intervenes in the matter.