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DDA to allot land to mosque 3 months after demolishing it

delhi Updated: Apr 29, 2011 23:33 IST
HT Correspondent

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has decided to allot land for the construction of Noor Masjid in Jungpura, which was demolished by the agency in January.

The land development authority will allot a 400 square meter plot for the construction of the Masjid, located near the previous site where the Delhi Waqf Board had staked its claim.

According to senior DDA officials, the Waqf Board will pay an amount of R1 crore for the land, as per prevailing market rates.

Last year, the Jangpura RWA had filed a writ petition in the high court, saying that the masjid was constructed on public land. The

Delhi government's religious committee had said that it had come up illegally on DDA land after inspecting the structure. The Waqf board could not prove its ownership of the land in the court.

Though the court had ruled against the Waqf board, a demand had been made from different quarters that the mosque should be built on an alternate plot, close to where it originally stood.

Officials of the land development agency said they decided to conduct a survey in which the Waqf board also participated.

The alternate plot of land was chosen by the decision of both the DDA and Waqf board.

The mosque was demolished by the DDA in January, on the direction of a court on a contempt of court petition filed by the Jungpura RWA against the DDA for not complying with an earlier court order.

The demolition had resulted in street protests, stone pelting, lathicharge and tear-gas shells being used by the police.

Scores of people were injured after police resorted to lathicharge and the area was on the boil for days to come.