New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, which was set up in accordance with the Supreme Court verdict to supervise the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, met on Saturday and decided that the 'bhoomi pujan' of the construction area will be done either on August 3 or August 5.

"We have sent to Prime Minister two dates to choose from - either 3rd August or 5th August - as the date to lay down the foundation of the Ram Temple. The constrcutin will begin on the date he deems fit," news agency ANI quoted Kameshwar Chaupal of the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust as saying.

The board has also said that Larsen & Toubro is collecting samples for soil testing while adding that the construction will be completed within three to 3.5 years. It also said that the funds are being collected and all drawings for the construction of the temple have been completed.  

"Larsen & Toubro is collecting samples for soil testing. Drawings of the temple’s foundation will be made on the basis of the strength of soil 60 metre below. Work to lay down the foundation will begin on the basis of the drawing," Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirth Kshetra Trust General Secretary Champat Rai was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Ram Mandir Trust had earlier said that it would meet on Saturday to discuss about the model of the temple. The meeting was attended by Trust's President Nritya Gopal Das and Nripendra Mishra, who was the Principal Secretary to PM Modi. This was the second meeting of the Trust after the formation of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Trust in Ayodhya.

Supreme Court's Ayodhya Verdict:

The Supreme Court in 2019 had directed the Centre to hand over the site at Ayodhya for the construction of a Ram temple and set up a trust in its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. The apex court in an unanimous verdict had decreed the entire 2.77 acre land in favour of deity "Ram Lalla" while asking the government to allot 5 acre land to the Sunni Waqf Board.

Later, the top court had dismissed petitions seeking review of its order after "finding no merit". The court had also dismissed the consequential request of parties for an open court hearing.  

(With ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma