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Mosque, hospital, library and research centre at Ayodhya’s allotted site

The decision to accept the land was taken at Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board board meeting . "It has been decided at a meeting of the board to take the five-acre land given to us by the UP government," board chairman Zufar Farooqui told reporters. He further added that the board will set up a trust soon for the construction of the mosque.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020, 09.09 AM IST
"Besides the mosque, there will be an Indo-Islamic research centre, a public library, a charitable hospital and other useful facilities on the land."
NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Monday decided that it would build a mosque, an Indo-Islamic research centre, a hospital and a library on the five acres the UP government allotted to it as per the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya case.

There was a meeting of the Waqf board in Lucknow on Monday to take a call on the proposed land at Dhannipur village in Ayodhya's Sohawal area, about 20 km from the district headquarters on the Ayodhya-Lucknow highway. Board chairman Zufar Ahmad Farooqui told ET, “We have decided to inform the state government that we would accept the five acres allotted to us by the UP government as per SC orders. Six members of the board were present at the meeting. “Two members are permanent absentee.” For the mosque, the board will form a trust to decide on construction. “Everything from the name to size of the mosque would be decided by the trust to be formed once the government transfers land.”

Farooqui said that 5 acres was sufficient for constructing a mosque, library, hospital and a research centre. “We will inform the state government about our decision to accept the proposed land. Then we will wait for the state government to transfer the land to the waqf board,” he said.

The Sunni Waqf Board had earlier said that rejecting the alternative site was not an option. “Following the Supreme Court verdict, the Sunni Waqf Board does not have the choice of rejecting the five-acre alternative land for the construction of a mosque in Ayodhya as it would amount to contempt of c urt,” Farooqui had said.

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