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The construction came up to the first floor and later stopped midway owing to the death of Sultan Ala-ud-din Khalji in 1316 AD. His successors could not continue the further construction because the political scenario changed. The Khilji rulers were defeated and the Delhi Sultanate came under the the Tughlaq dynasty. That what is is in store for us in the future is true in the case of Sultan Khilji. His grand ambition never came to fruition. The subtle fact is he did complete a grand tower - Qutub Mimar that is being visited by thousands of people every day.
Alai Minar's has a total height of 24.38 m (80 feet) and a circumference of 77.72 m (255 feet). The tower's outer wall is unusually thick - 5.8 m (19 feet) and is divided into 32 faces of 2.43 m (8 feet) each. There is a central column in the interior where there would a stairway to reach higher level. The central column itself is 8 m (26 feet) in diameter. The passage was 3 meter wide to allow the construction of stairway. The doorway is on the eastern side of the tower.