The Charminar is bleeding and no one is bothered. Away from the awestruck tourists and prying eyes of heritage activists is an ancient mosque on the top story of the iconic structure which narrates tales of monumental neglect of its own custodian, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The flooring of the 422-year old mosque has developed cracks and has three craters. To make matters worse, some of these eyesores are spread over several feet and are several inches deep on the clear span (the space between two piers that lead to an arch), under many arches on the west side of the structure.

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