The trust in charge of building a mosque in Ayodhya, whose name has yet to be decided, has released the first architectural plan for the project. The first phase of the project, for which the foundation stone is likely to be placed early next year, will have a hospital along with the mosque. The trust plans to expand the hospital in the second phase.
The much-anticipated design consists of two structures—one which will house the mosque while the other will have the administrative block, the multi-specialty hospital, the library, the archive, the publication house and the community kitchen. “The design echoes modern architecture of mosques around the world,” the IICF Trust said in a statement.
The building plan on the 5-acre plot was presented by professor Syed Mohammed Akhtar, dean of the Jamia Millia School of Architecture, at the IICF Trust’s office in Lucknow. The mosque will cover 3,500 square metre of the five-acre plot of land, it will have a ground floor and a mezzanine floor with a separate and flexible section for women.
At one go, the masjid will be able to hold 2,000 people within it. While the masjid will be completely self-sufficient in energy, the hospital complex will also be so, as far as possible. The hospital will have around 250 beds and cover an area of 24,150 square metres with a basement of 9,000 square metres. The building will have a ground floor and four more floors.
The archive will be spread in 500 square metres and have an auditorium. While the entire complex will be constructed simultaneously, the IIFC has emphasised that it is interested in getting the multi-specialty hospital going as soon as possible as the area in which the complex is situated has poor health facilities.
“The hospital will provide state-of-the-art facilities, much needed in the nearby area and population, focusing on malnourishment in children and expectant mothers. The building will also house the trust office and publication house focusing on research and publication house of Indo Islamic cultural-literature studies,” the IICF Trust said.