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HAJI ALI TO BE REBUILT IN MARBLE TO PREVENT EROSION

hajihaliHaji Ali Dargah, which juts out into the sea, is being rebuilt in marble, as the present concrete structure is eroding due to saline air and harsh weather conditions. The Haji Ali shrine, which is around 500 years old is a prominent landmark of Mumbai that attracts between 5,000 to 10,000 devotees every day. The renovation project, which began last week and is expected to finish in two years, will focus on reconstructing the tomb, minarets and adjacent mosque in Makrana marble without changing the original architecture. The project is estimated around Rs 10 crore. The present structure is a rebuilt of concrete and steel done way back between 1960-64, but the steel used in the tomb, minarets and mosque has corroded now due to saline air, hence the need for development. Bureau report NMTV

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