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Fatehpuri Masjid in need of repair

New Delhi: Seventeenth-century Fatehpuri Masjid in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk built on the orders of Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s wife Fetehpuri Begum is in dire need of repairs and restoration. The masjid is in fact in need of repairs for about 30 years. Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal who represents Chandni Chowk constituency in Parliament, had instructed Indian National Trust for Art Cultural Heritage (INTACH) to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan. The project may cost 6-7 crores of rupees and may take about two years to complete. A senior member of INTACH says that it is a living mosque and hence it may take longer time, say 18 to 24 months, if the work goes on uninterrupted. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Director Gautam Sangupta says that though this mosque is not listed as a protected monument under the ASI, it supports the plan for restoration of the mosque.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 18

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