New Delhi (Odisha News24-19/07): There may be Bhoomi Pujan on 5 August for the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The dates of August 3 and 5 were sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on behalf of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirthakshetra Trust. According to sources, the PMO has chosen on August 5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi can participate in this Bhoomi Poojan. The trust met on Saturday after which two dates were fixed.
Trust general secretary Champat Rai told reporters after a meeting at the Circuit House in Ayodhya, ‘The dates for Bhumi Pujan of Ram temple have been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office. In view of the prevailing situation in the country, the final decision will be taken by the PMO. He said, the chairman of the trust Nritya Gopal Das has already written a letter to the PMO inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ‘Bhoomi Pujan’. The PMO will decide on the date for the Prime Minister’s visit. While Rai did not disclose the dates, other members of the trust, Kameshwar Chaupal, said the dates of August 3 and 5 have been suggested to the PMO for Bhoomi Pujan.
When asked about the time required for the construction of the temple, Rai said, “A maximum of three to three and a half years will be required for the construction of the Ram temple. Larsen and Toubro are testing the soil 60 meters below ground (at the Ram Janmabhoomi). Larsen & Toubro will do the temple construction work. Currently, the company’s engineers are designing the foundation of the temple. Rai said, ‘The foundation structure of the temple will be built on the basis of soil strength 60 meters below. Based on the drawing, work on the foundation will begin. He said that 10 crore families in four lakh areas of the country would be approached for financial assistance to build temples after the monsoon when the corona virus situation would improve. This was the second meeting of the trust to be held in Ayodhya. Of the 15 members of the trust, 11 were present in the meeting and four of the others joined it through video links. Nripendra Mishra, president of the Ram Mandir Construction Committee was also present at the meeting. Other prominent participants included Trust Chairman Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avnish Kumar Awasthi, Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Jha and temple architect Nikhil Sompura.