The third phase of the construction of the Ram temple began at Ram Janambhoomi in Ayodhya on January 24 with the laying of granite stones for the plinth.
With a view to achieving strength, other physical and chemical features and consequent longevity, the plinth work was begun with granite stone.
Keeping in mind the temple life of thousand years and beyond, it was decided to use the strongest natural granite from southern India.
About 17,000 stones of size 5 feet x 2.5 feet x 3 feet are being used in the construction of the plinth.
The weight of each stone is approximately 2.5 tonnes.
The laying of granite stones is likely to be completed by May 2022.
Digital instrumentation is being used to monitor the safety parameters of the temple.
Data from these instruments will be used to study the behaviour of the structure in respect of loading, earthquake, etc.
The master plan for the entire campus outside the parkota has been finalised and approved by statutory authorities.
It includes a pilgrimage facilitation centre, museum, archives, research centre, auditorium, gaushala, yagya shala and administrative building.
Detailing of design and utility services are in progress and the construction work on buildings other than the temple will also begin by April 2022.
The superstructure of the temple will have carved Bansi Paharpur stones from Rajasthan.
Skilled artisans have undertaken the carving work which is being supervised by architects firm of M/s CB Sompura.
The construction work on the temple is progressing according to plan and by December 2023 devotees will be able to have a darshan Lord Ram.
Based on the judgment of the Supreme Court dated November 9, 2019, the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust was entrusted in February 2020 to undertake the temple construction at Ayodhya.
The trust constituted a construction committee with Nripendra Misra as chairman.
The temple construction has been entrusted to Larsen and Toubro with project monitoring being done by Tata Consulting Engineers.
A three-storey temple with garbh griha and five mandapas is being built.
The area of temple construction is approximately 10 acres with the development of complex measuring 57 acres for various amenities to pilgrims.
A museum-cum-research centre is being planned to preserve the historical, monumental and architectural significance of Ayodhya.
The temple will be constructed by using stones from Rajasthan and Karnataka.
The drawings and design have been supervised by IIT Chennai, IIT Kanpur, NIT Surat, CBRI Roorkee, Tata Consulting Engineers and Larsen and Toubro.