Under the direct field supervision of the Engineering Projects Department at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, the technical and engineering staff working in the expansion project of the Maqam of Imam Al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance), continue the works according to the time and technical plans prepared for it and depending to the special designs, which was characterized by the urban harmony of the Maqam as a whole, and of the Islamic heritage in general.
The Head of Engineering Projects Department at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine; Engineer Dea' Majeed Al-Sa'egh has explained to Al-Kafeel Network, which has a field tour in this project: "The project was referred to the Iraqi company Ard Al-Quds, which did not spare no effort to accomplish the project's phases, and recently one of its part was completed after fixing the concrete pillars on either side of Hussaynia River, as the expansion will include covering the river and building the expansion on it. first concrete bridges were put to be the floor of the project, then concrete pillars linked to the poles on either sides of the river, then started the roofing works which will be completed in the coming days, to proceed with the civil works for this part."
Adding: "The other works are going in parallel with the works in this part, by putting concrete pillars and repeating the same works for other parts, noting that the first part included a hall for women with an area 490 square meters, the second part includes a hall for men with an area of 310 square meters and other for the Maqam's servants with an area of 150 square meters, and the rest of the area will be for the service facilities, and all these part are built with a height of 6 meters.
It is to note that the shrine of Imam Al-Mahdi Is located on the left bank of Hussayniya River at the entrance of Karbala on the road leading to the shrine of Ja'far As-Sadeq (peace be upon him), which is a famous shrine with high dome. This shrine was named after the name of the awaited Imam Al-Mahdi (peace be upon him) as it is said that the Imam has prayed in this place. The shrine built in this place was totally demolished after the Sha'ban uprising, but it was rebuilt after a short period, and after the fall of the former regime, many maintenance works have been conducted and were concluded by the maintenance and modernization project under the supervision of the Engineering Project Department at the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine as it is linked administratively to it. And following the completion of its maintenance and modernization, starting by the dome down to the shrine's halls and other facilities, the expansion idea was developed, as we cannot make the expansion from its three sides, we have conducted the expansion on the side of the Hussayniya River, the western side, using concrete pillars, on which 14 bridges will be built without blocking the River course, on an area of 880 m2, 55 meters length and 16 meters width.