Khanqah fire: Work to rebuild damaged spire, rooftop begins

The government has initiated restoration work on the spire of revered Khanqah-e-Moula shrine in Downtown Srinagar that was damaged in a fire incident last week.
Khanqah fire: Work to rebuild damaged spire, rooftop begins
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The government has initiated restoration work on the spire of revered Khanqah-e-Moula shrine in Downtown Srinagar that was damaged in a fire incident last week.

An official source said that the government has authorised the Jammu and  Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation to carry out the reconstruction work in collaboration with the J&K chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

A JKPCC official said that the estimated cost of the reconstruction work has been worked at Rs 75 lakh.

"Dismantling of the fire-damaged spire and rooftop is already under process," he said, adding that the Corporation has decided not to "charge any consultation fee for rebuilding the fire-damaged shrine."

Convener, INTACH (J&K chapter) Saleem Beg, said: "We have conducted damage assessment of the shrine. Luckily we have all the material necessary for reconstruction of the spire and rooftop as per the original design."

The shrine caught fire on the intervening night of November 14-15. Locals had claimed that its copper spire was hit by lightning at around 1 am following which they saw the shrine in flames.

"The rooftop will be built inch-by-inch as per its original digitalised record preserved by the INTACH," Beg said.

"We have all original drawings of the spire. We will see what needs to be done. We will do an estimate of the required items and their dimensions and material. We are also looking into the aspect of damage done due to water which was sprayed for dousing the fire," he said. "The locally-manufactured material that was part of the original rooftop will also be used."

Kashmiris reverently call Mir Syed Ali Hamadani as "Amir-e-Kabeer" (great commander) and "Shah-e-Hamadan" (king of Hamadan). He was born in Hamadan, Persia, in 1314 and breathed his last in 1384.

General manager, JKPCC, Vikar Mustafa said that they have almost dismantled the damaged spire of the shrine. "Work has been started to rebuild its damaged portion," he said, adding that they are keen to complete it as soon as possible.

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