The temple construction committee set up by the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra is working out the details of the Ram temple to be constructed in Ayodhya. Larsen & Toubro (L&T), which has been given the contract to construct the temple, has contacted the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) to provide help with the design as well as the quality of the concrete to be used.
The Trust members have said that the plan is to create a temple “grand enough to make Ayodhya be recognised as the centre of Hindu faith and strong enough to survive for more than 1,000 years.”
The experts will first build a single pillar going deep in the ground. After proper testing of its strength and if it is capable enough to hold the weight of the temple, they will go ahead with the rest of the pillars. The testing process is expected to take around a month.
According to the Trust members, the temple will have 1,200 pillars in total, each going 200 ft deep in the ground. Among the other things confirmed is that the on-ground construction including the digging of the rest of the pillars is expected to start after October 15 this year and the whole construction is planned to be completed in the next 39 months. Thus, the construction is expected to be completed by January in 2023.
Sources in Ayodhya said the hole for the pillar to be tested would be dug one metre in diameter and 100 ft deep using rig machines. The decisions were taken following a meeting between Trust General Secretary Champat Rai, temple construction committee head Nripendra Mishra and Larsen & Toubro engineers on Tuesday. IIT-Madras is expected to test the quality of the concrete used in the pillar.