Fatehpuri Masjid: facelift plan on the anvil
New Delhi: Fatehpuri Masjid, which has suffered neglect and has developed structural defects like seepage and tilt in its minars, can hope to have a facelift which assures to bring back its lost grandeur. The historic Jama Masjid built by emperor Shah Jahan enjoys all the glory and draws tourist attention, whereas the Fatehpuri Mosque built by his queen, Fatehpuri Begum, remains neglected because it is not a protected monument. The mosque had suffered British ire who, after the 1857 uprisings, had sold it to Lala Chunna Mal. However, by 1877 it was restored to the Muslims. Kapil Sibal, who represents the Lok Sabha constituency of this area, has drawn an ambitious plan for undertaking the face lift. Promising financial support from MP local area development scheme at his disposal he has also tried to net in Indian National trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) for a conservation plan. The estimate is Rs 6. 24 crore. AGK Menon, convenor of the Delhi chapter of INTACH, assured that as soon as the funds are received the project shall begin because the mosque “is in a very bad condition.” Shahi Imam, Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, drew the attention about its crumbling structure and recalled that the matter was brought to the notice of Lieutenant Governor, Tejendra Khanna, and Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit. He urged the authorities to take the project on priority basis.