Special Correspondent

Survey and documentation of properties demanded

MANGALORE: The Dakshina Kannada Wakf Committee has sought clarifications on matters related to property rights and ownership details of Wakf properties in the district, including the Jumma Masjid and the Zeenath Bakhsh Masjid in Mangalore.

The committee leaders met Deputy Commissioner Maheshwara Rao here on Thursday and said that land was required for a burial ground in the city.

The development works at the praying area at Madini darga and creation of interlocking pavements around the darga had to be taken up by the Government. There was no specific information about the extent of Wakf properties and at many places the property had been encroached. Of the 532 properties, survey of 382 properties had been completed. Survey of the remaining properties should be taken up immediately and details documented, the committee leaders said.

Some social welfare schemes launched by the board had been discontinued. One such scheme was providing training in tailoring for Muslim girls who had passed SSLC. It has to be revived, they said.

In Moodushedde village, lands under Wakf category had been allotted to Muslim citizens but their title deeds had not been executed, the leaders charged.

Mr. Rao said he would forward his recommendations to the Government. for suitable action.