After the completion of the final casting of the roofs of the first part of the expansion project of the Maqam of Imam al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance), assigned to Ard al-Quds company for Construction Contracting and under the supervision of the Engineering Projects Department at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, the company completed the roofing work of the second part of the expansion project of the hall 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.
The head of the engineering projects department at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine; Engineer Dea' Majeed al-Sa'egh stated: "Now, all praise to Allah, the main stage, which is the stage of foundation and concrete pillars installation on both sides of the river, has been completed. Then we went up to complete the first roof, and we completed the second roof of the project and we started the cutting, finishing and installing the widows and other civil works."
Adding: "The implementation of the expansion project works is conducted in parallel, with high accuracy and follow-up, in order to not delay the plan of the project and implement it as soon as possible because of the importance of the shrine during the days of the Ziyarat especially during the Ziyarat of millions."
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.