PONDA: Deputy CM Babu Kavlekar and Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude today visited the Safa Masjid to inspect the collapsed portion of the retaining wall.
The ministers were accompanied by ASI officials, Safa Masjid President Mulla Murtuza and committee members.
Deputy CM Babu Kavlekar, speaking to the media after inspection, said the government is committed to protecting the historical monument. He said the wall collapsed due to heavy rain, and authorities have already begun to prevent further damage.
After rain recedes, further maintenance would be done, he said.
He said Safa Masjid comes under the Archaeological Survey of India( ASI) and that their officials have begun work on repairs.
He said though ASI looks after monuments as a precautionary measure for preserving and protection.
“Government has also formed the Coordination Committee of the Goa Government to look after historical monuments under the Chairmanship of CM Pramod Sawant”, he stated..
He said Muslim brothers are emotionally attached to it and that History needs to be preserved for the future generation.
Minister Govind Gaude said State Government would make all efforts to restore the collapsed wall of the tank at the earliest.
He said the Safa Masjid is famous all over India and World, and we must protect it.
He said the Safa Majid Committee Members are demanding to provide parking space by constructing a retaining wall. Similarly, the entrance gate is short, and there is a need to widen the gate so that a time of emergency would provide better access.
Similarly, he said, the committee members are demanding to continue extending the flyover on NH to move safely in the area.
He said the concern demand would be put forth before NH Officials and ASI as the decision-making body.