Amaravati: If Hyderabad has historic and magnificent Mecca Masjid can Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati afford not to have one mosque? AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu thinks the under-construction capital should also have one.
At a review meeting with the officials of Capital Region Development Authority at Undavalli, the Chief Minister announced that a glorious mosque of international standards will be built in Amaravati which will be a wonderful tourist attraction. “The mosque will be built on an area of 10 acres under the supervision of the State Waqf Board”, he said. “There should be a mosque in the architectural style of Mecca Masjid (of Hyderabad) and it should become a major tourist attraction”, he said.
Naidu made the remarks while reviewing the progress of various projects in the capital region.
Though Guntur, Nellore, Vijaywada, Rajahmundry and Visakhapatanam have some ancient mosques but none of them could match the grandeur and historic significance of Mecca Masjid and several other mosques in Hyderabad.
Mecca Masjid, which draws its name from Mecca, the holiest place in Islam, was built in Qutub Shahi era of Hyderabad. Its foundation stone was laid by Qutub Shahi king Mohammed Quli around 1616 AD century and was completed in 1687 when Moghul emeror Aurangzeb has occupied the Golkonda kingdom by defeating the Qutub Shahis. Though not completely built in accordance with the original plans Mecca Masjid remains one of the biggest mosques in India.
Chandrababu Naidu’s meeting with the officials also decided to allocate 3.5 acres of land to Murali Fortune group in the capital region for building a health and recreating resort with an investment of Rs 40 crore.
The meeting also okay’d the proposal to create a marina along the banks of river Krishna by the Coastal Marina Private Ltd and allotted 8 acres of land. Apart from other facilities it will have a jetty where 60 boats can be anchored. The project was expected to be completed in six months at a cost of Rs 15 crore. The government has also decided to allot 5 acres for the construction of a convention center under PPP model by Varun Hospitality Ltd.
CRDA commissioner Ch Sridhar said that in the administrative city the secretariat and the departmental headquarter buildings will be ready by January 15, 2021. AS part of these there will be four ground plus storied towers estimated to cost Rs 932.46 crore. The GAD tower where the office of the Chief Minister will be located will have 49 stories. It will be built at a cost of Rs 554.06 crore.