The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques
announced that the demolition work taking place as part of the
ongoing expansion of the "mataf" (area for circumambulation around
the Kaaba) has reached about 70 percent of the total works so far.
It also indicated that the new
foundations are undergoing extensive studies which will begin in
the next two weeks.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency, said that
this gigantic project is a major challenge that exemplifies the
greatest potential in engineering, technical and financial
expertise after the completion of approximately 70 percent of the
demolition work on the eastern and northeastern side of the
mosque. The remainder of the removal work will be completed within
the next two weeks and then the new foundational construction work
will start immediately.
He stressed the fact that extensive studies have been undertaken
to make sure that the quantity and quality of the water flowing
into the well of Zamzam is not affected, in addition to avoiding
any errors that could lead to environmental changes in the basin
of the Valley of Ibrahim, as well as the surrounding area and near
the well of Zamzam.
Al-Sudais said during his inspection tour of the project yesterday
that the measures taken by the Presidency toward the well of
Zamzam coincide with the growing demand for water consumption of
Zamzam. This goes hand in hand with the
completion of the expansion project of the Grand Mosque and its
Al-Sudais also pointed out that the
pumping tests and studies of the Zamzam water which were conducted
before and after the implementation of the expansion project —
under the follow-up and monitoring of the geological survey in
coordination with the presidency — has a profound effect in
reinforcing that there is no environmental impact in terms of
water quality or flow rate at the cross section of valley with the
Al-Sudais requested the contractor
of the project to double efforts to ensure the speedy completion
of the work on the first phase of the expansion before the advent
of the holy month of Ramadan in early July.