5 Acre Land, Zero Energy Structure: Mosque in Ayodhya Dhannipur Village
The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has presented the plan of the mosque along with other buildings to be constructed on the five-acre site, allocated by the Uttar Pradesh government in the Ayodhya village of Dhannipur. If the proposed maps get the required approval from the Faizabad panchayat district board, work on the site will begin immediately, officials said.
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Here is everything you need to know about the plan and layout of the mosque:
1. The plan and design were shown during an interaction with Professor SM Akhtar, who is the consulting architect for the mosque complex project. Retired JNU professor Pushpesh Pant, who is the museum’s curator, along with philanthropist Mohammad Shoib from Mumbai also participated virtually in the event.
2. The rectangular layout of the complex in Dhannipur village also includes a specialized hospital, a community kitchen and a museum housed in a vertical multi-story structure. These will be meters from the mosque and a century-old Sufi shrine will be in the middle.
3. The mosque will be spherical in shape and will accommodate 2,000 Namazis or worshipers at a time and will be four times the size of the Babri Masjid. The 300-bed hospital complex will be six times the size of the mosque. It will be built on 3,500 square meters of land, while the hospital and other facilities will occupy an area of 24,150 square meters.
4. The building will be zero energy to convey a message about climate change. All energy demands in the mosque will be met with the help of solar panels and there will be no electrical connection.
5. A green patch will develop and young trees will be sourced from all over the world, including the Amazon rainforest, wildfire locations in Australia, and other geographic locations in India.
6. The community kitchen and museum have been curated by Pant.
7. There will be no grand celebration for the groundbreaking ceremony of the mosque.
8. There is no detailed plan to collect contributions for the project. Two separate bank accounts have been created to raise money for construction: the first for the mosque and the second for other structures.
9. The name of the mosque has not been agreed, but it has been decided that it will not bear the name of Babar or any other king, emperor or ruler, according to the board.
10. The structure is expected to be ready in two years.