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Shivcharan Das | HENB | Ayodhya | Sept 2, 2020:: Finally, the Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir plan gets approval. The Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) has approved the blueprint of the Ram Temple that is to be built in Ayodhya. The area of the layout is 2.74 lac square metre and the temple will cover an area of 12,879 sq. metre.
The Ayodhya Development Authority (ADA) on Wednesday approved two layouts for Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya after fixing a fee of Rs 2.11 crore payable by the Ram temple trust, officials said. One layout is for the entire Ram Janmabhoomi campus (open area) and the other is for the proposed Ram temple (covered area).
The approval paves the way for the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust to start construction work of the temple. The trust had filed its request for approvals on Saturday.
The first layout pertains to an area of 2,74,110 sq metre (approximately 67.33 acre) of the entire Ram Janmabhoomi campus and the second layout is of 12,879 sq metre for the Ram temple, which will be the focal point of the campus.
Neeraj Shukla, vice-chairman of ADA, had to convene a board meeting to approve the layouts. The vice-chairman himself has the authority to approve layouts only up to 25 acres. For any construction above this 25-acre limit, the vice-chairman has to convene a board meeting.
“The estimated construction cost of the Ram temple (covered area) was calculated on the basis of the public work department’s (PWD) schedule. It came to approximately Rs 15 crore. On this cost, the labour cess was fixed,” said Shukla.
Divisional commissioner MP Agarwal, who is also chairman of ADA, presided over the board meeting.
The board also charged a labour cess of Rs 15.36 lakh. The trust will have to deposit the fee in ADA’s Punjab National Bank account, Ayodhya.
“After depositing the fee, the trust will start construction work of the Ram temple,” said Champat Rai, general secretary of the trust.
The original design for the Ram temple was prepared in 1998 by the renowned Sompura family (who also designed for Somnath Temple) but there have been several changes over the years. The Bhumi Pujan for the Ram temple was held on August 5, and PM Modi was also a part of the ceremony. The temple authorities will however follow the mandatory rules in regards to the construction of the temple. The temple authorities have already obtained all the required NOCs.
News Flow: HT & TNN.