The works at the expansion project of the Maqam of Imam al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance) are going in a rapid and steady pace within the timelines set for it and in accordance with its technical and engineering designs. Recently, one of the ceilings of the first part are completed, it is one of the halls linked to the Maqam and allocated to women, with an area of 490 square meters and 6 meter high.
These works are carried out in parallel with other works for roofing the second part of the expansion project that is allocated to men, with an area of 310 square meters and a hall for the servants of the Maqam with an area of 150 square meters.
Once these works have been completed, the finishing works that were initiated in the first part, will begin as the grids are already installed.
The head of the engineering projects Department at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine confirmed that the executing company, Ard al-Qods Construction Company, and under the direction of the department, has spared no effort to finish every project phases, one by one to complete this project that will be an architectural masterpiece worthy of the owner of this holy place.
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.