Illicit Digging Close to Hyderabad’s Qutub Shahi Masjid Raises Concern

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Activists have called for swift action to preserve one of the city’s cultural gems.  

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI – The Qutub Shahi Masjid, a revered architectural marvel dating back to the 16th century, faces an imminent threat due to illicit excavation activities in its vicinity.

Concerned activists are rallying to preserve one of the city’s historical gems amidst fears of irreparable damage to the structure’s grandeur, media reports reaching here said on Tuesday.

The mosque stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Hyderabad, attracting visitors from across the globe with its intricate architecture and historical significance. However, recent reports have shed light on nefarious activities in its proximity, raising alarm among heritage connoisseurs and locals alike.

Unauthorised digging near the mosque poses a serious threat to its structural integrity and archaeological significance. Activists have voiced their concerns, emphasising the need for immediate intervention to safeguard this cultural treasure from irreversible harm.

“The Qutub Shahi Masjid is not just a historical site; it’s a symbol of our shared heritage,” remarked an activist, echoing the sentiments of many who fear the loss of irreplaceable historical artifacts and architectural marvels. 

The clandestine excavation activities, if left unchecked, could erase centuries of history and cultural identity.

Local authorities have been urged to take swift action to halt the illegal digging and enforce stringent measures to protect the surroundings of the mosque. “We cannot afford to stand idly by while our heritage is plundered,” asserted another activist, highlighting the urgency of the situation.

“It’s not just about preserving old buildings; it’s about honouring our past and preserving our identity for future generations,” remarked a concerned citizen.

Historians emphasise the need for a coordinated effort between government, law enforcement agencies, and community stakeholders to address the root causes of such illicit activities and ensure the long-term preservation of the city’s heritage sites. “We must act decisively to protect our shared heritage from the ravages of greed and ignorance,” a prominent historian said.

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