The construction of the Ram Temple complex in Ayodhya, including the main structure, is estimated to cost around Rs 1,100 crore and is expected to be completed in three-and-a-half years, said Swami Govind Dev Giriji Maharaj, the treasurer of the trust overseeing the project on Monday. The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has so far received more than Rs 100 crore worth of online donations.
“Besides, we will be reaching out to 4 lakh villages and 11 crore families so that all sections of the society can participate in this initiative,” Giriji Maharaj said.
The trust has announced the launch of a mass contact and fund contribution campaign for construction of the temple.
The Vidarbha regional office for collection of donations was opened in the city a few days ago.
The treasurer also said that structural experts and engineers are drawing up a plan for the foundation of the temple.
Addressing a press conference in Nagpur, he said the cost of construction of the main Ram Temple is estimated at Rs 300 crores to Rs 400 crores, while the entire premises will “cost not less than 1,100 crore”.
Giriji Maharaj also announced that the construction of the temple has officially begun and experts from IITs all over the country, i.e, Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Guwahati, Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee, and special engineers from L&T and Tata groups are deliberating on drawing up a plan for a strong foundation of the complex.
As for a brief history on the Ram Temple dispute; On November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court settled the cantankerous issue going back more than a century and backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site. It also ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town delivering a unanimous judgement on a case, this decision polarised the country.