Process for mosque construction begins in Ayodhya

The process for starting the construction of a mosque in the Dhannipur village in Ayodhya began today.The members of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) that will oversee the mosque construction, unfurled the national flag on the occasion of Republic Day on Tuesday morning and this was followed by plantation of tree saplings by the chief trustee and the member trustees of the IICF.

As envisaged in the project, a green area, which will have plants from all over the world -- from the Amazon rainforest to areas in Australia that report bushfires -- and from all different geographical regions of India will be developed to create awareness  on the imminent threat posed by climate change.Zufar Faruqi, chairman of IICF, planted a tamarind sapling and he was joined by other members and local villagers.

The soil from the designated plot was taken out for testing before the actual construction begins.The first pictures of the project had been released on December 19 last year by the IICF.Following the release, secretary and spokesperson of the trust Athar Hussain had confirmed that the Dhannipur Mosque project includes a hospital, a museum, a library, a community kitchen, the Indo-Islamic Research Centre, a publication house and a mosque.