Islamabad: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to carry out renovation work of the famous Faisal Mosque Islamabad worth Rs250 million out of its own budget rather than the maintenance funding of the federal government which was never sufficient for the comprehensive renovation required at Faisal Masjid. The Chairman CDA Aamir Ali Ahmed issued directives to the member engineering and member finance to prepare a PC-1 for a complete and comprehensive renovation of Faisal Mosque which would be presented to the Chairman on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The repair and overhauling of the Mosque will be completed in one year's time.
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During the last four decades, there was no major renovation work carried out in the Mosque and some of its portions like parking areas and toilets present a dismal picture. The civic agency also decided to create a separate wing for horticulture, maintenance, and civil works. The CDA Chairman has also directed the Directorate of Municipal Administration not to charge any parking fee nor award a license to anyone to preserve the sanctity of the area. The chairman of CDA said, “This mosque is a landmark not just for Islamabad but the entire country so an allocation worth Rs200 million shall be made from CDA’s funds, we will not allow anyone to collect the fee in the name of parking. There should be free parking for everyone who comes to visit the iconic Faisal Mosque,”
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The great Faisal Mosque was constructed in the aftermath of the landmark visit of the late Saudi King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz to Islamabad in 1966. The foundation stone of the mosque was laid by King Khalid in 1976 while its construction work designed by a Turkish designer was completed in 1988. The ownership of the affairs of the mosque lies with the CDA and International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is responsible for its management. It is reported that Perhaps because of its management lying with IIUI, the CDA has paid little heed to its affairs over the past four decades. This renowned mosque is one of the most visited places in Islamabad.