After the completion from the concrete structure in the first part of the expansion project of the Maqam of Imam al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance), the technical and engineering staffs started, under the direct and field supervision of the Engineering Projects Department at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, the concrete works of its second part, which were preceded by a the preparatory works such as preparing the ground and the installation of the concrete pillars and foundations on both sides of the al-Hussayniyah river, because the river will be covered to build the expansion part on it.
These works, according to the head of the Engineering Projects Department at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine Dea' Majeed al-Sa'egh, has included the installation of the bridges on the concrete pillars followed by the erection of the structure according to the plans set for it. The number of bridges has reached 15, each with a length of 14 meters and weighing about 10 tons for each bridge with a height of 85 cm, then pad rubber parts were fixed, and it is a material that is manufactured according to a specific pressure and mechanisms to be compressible in a way that helps to absorb the vibrations.
He added: "This part has been allocated to men's hall of 310 square meters and another room for the servants of the Maqam of 150 square meters, while the rest of the areas is for utility facilities. The works of the concrete structure are divided in the same way as in the first part to two, because of its 6 meters height."
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, adjacent to the Maqam, on an area of 1200 square meters and connected to the Maqam through ports and special doors.