Many mosque committees in the Hyderabad city are finding it hard to afford the extensive sanitizations efforts that are required to take for making their premises safe for visitors in the Coronavirus pandemic, New Indian Express reported.
According to media reports, management of Jama Masjid in Charminar said, "With people coming in for five prayers, we have to sanitize the premises daily. With each packet of sodium hypochlorite costing Rs 500, we will have to shell around Rs 15,000 at the end of the month."
According to Jama Masjid management, compared to the income of the mosque, this sum is quite high. In Telangana, muezzins and imams are bound to receive an honorarium monthly, but that has stopped for the last three months. Apart from that, they also collect money from attached properties and through 'Chanda' from devotees who regularly visit the institutions.
While mosques like Jama Masjid, which are rich in history, may have their sources of income sorted out, the majority of mosques in Hyderabad are not self-sufficient.