Assam: 2-Storeyed Minaret of 100-Year-Old Mosque Being Shifted Without Dismantling to Ease Highway Construction

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The most important fact about the process is that the structure is being shifted without getting dismantled. The mosque, situated along NH 37, is being shifted as four-laning of the highway is being done.

Guwahati, April 26: In a bid to preserve the ancient structure in Assam, several architects have taken up the task of lifting the two-storeyed minaret of a historic 100-year-old mosque to move it to a different location at Nagaon's Puranigudam. The most important fact about the process is that the structure is being shifted without getting dismantled. The mosque, situated along NH 37, is being shifted as four-laning of the highway is being done. The engineer named Gurdeep Singh said the work will be completed within 15-20 days. Won’t Let Assam Turn Into Another Kashmir, Says Amit Shah on NRC. 

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"More than 100 people are engaged in this work. It is being done under complete safety. The work is underway in two phases," said Singh. He added saying that approximately, 50 per cent of the shifting work has already been completed. The shifting of the minaret without dismantling it is made possible with the hydraulic system brought by the Haryana based company RR and Sons.

According to locals, the mosque is a symbol of unity between Hindu and Muslims. The mosque stood even in a devastating earthquake that hit the city in 1950. Reports inform that the ancient, the famous Mosque of Puranigudam also sports a beautiful minar which attracts everyone passing through that area.

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Due to the construction of the historic monument, the renovation of National Highway 37 from Nagaon to Upper Assam was facing difficulties. Taking a note of it, the administration took the decision to shift the mosque. However, the final nod was given after discussing the issue with both Hindu and Muslims.