Lord Rama Birth Place: The work of the sanctum sanctorum of the grand Ram temple being built in Ayodhya, UP will start from June 1. This information has come to the fore in a statement issued by Shri Ram Mandir Nirman Teerth Kshetra Trust. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will lay the first stone for the construction of the sanctum sanctorum on that day. The target has been set to complete it by 2024. Minister on 5th August 2020 Narendra Modi He had performed Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of Ram Mandir. now chief minister Yogi Adityanath He will lay the foundation stone for the construction of Ramlala’s sanctum. 17000 granite stones are to be used in the construction of the platform of Shri Ram temple. Out of 17000 to be installed in this platform, 5000 stones have been installed so far.
Presenting the progress report of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple under construction in Ayodhya. in which we by 23 May 2022 keeping position.
- M/s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has been appointed as the contractor for the construction of the temple and the park. Tata Consultant Engineers (TCE) is appointed as Project Management Consultant and 4 engineers are Jagdish Aflay Pune IIT-Mumbai, Girish Sahastrabhujani Goa IIT-Mumbai, Jagannathji Aurangabad, Avinash Sangamnerkar Nagpur.
- L&T had drafted a design for the foundation of the future temple, it was tested accordingly, but the idea was shelved when the results did not come as expected, the test was done in August-September-October, 2020 .
- In the month of November-2020, an expert committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Director (Retd)-IIT-Delhi. The other members of the committee were Director (Present)-IIT-Guwahati, Director (Present)-NIT-Surat, Professors from IITs of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, Director-CBRI-Roorkee, Senior Engineers on behalf of L&T and TCE, Construction Committee. This expert committee was formed with the inspiration of Nripendra Mishra, chairman of the
- GPR Survey- In the month of November, 2020, National Geo Research Institute (NGRI) Hyderabad was requested to study the land at the construction site and submit its report to help in deciding the design of the foundation. NGRI carried out land survey using GPR technique and suggested the removal of underground debris and loose soil by open excav ation of the area. This GPR survey was conducted in November-December, 2020.
- Excavation- About 1.85 lakh cubic meters of debris and old loose soil were removed from about 6 acres of land in and around the designated temple site. This work took about 3 months (January-February-March 2021). This site looked like a huge open mine. Debris and sand with a depth of 14 meters in the sanctum and a depth of 12 meters around it were removed, a big deep pit was formed.
- Use of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) for Back-filling and Strengthening of Soil – Professors at IIT Chennai suggested special engineering mix to fill this huge pit. The method recommended for RCC concrete was to pour the concrete layer by layer. A 12-inch layer was pressed to 10 inches by a 10-ton heavy-capacity roller. Density was measured. 56 layers were inserted in the sanctum sanctorum and 48 layers in the remaining area. It took about 6 months from April 2021 to September 2021 to complete. This filling was named ‘Land Reform by Soil Strengthening’.
- Man-made rock- It can be said that a huge man-made rock within the soil, has formed to ensure longevity and stability for at least 1,000 years.
- Between October 2021- January 2022, another 1.5 m thick self-compacted concrete RAFT of more high load carrying capacity (approximately 9,000 cubic meter volume) on the top surface of the underground RCC in 9 m x 9 m sizing batching plant , was inserted by using boom placer machine and mixer. A professor from IIT-Kanpur and a senior nuclear reactor engineer also contributed to this phase of flawless construction of the RAFT.
- One can say that both RCC and RAFT jointly, will act as the foundation of the temple super-structure of the future. This is the result of collective deliberations of leading engineering institutes and organizations of the country. The completion of this RAFT took 4 months from October 2021 to January 2021.
- Plinth work- The work of raising the floor/chair of the temple started on 24 January 22 and is still in progress. The plinth will be raised to a height of 6.5 meters above the top surface of the RAFT. Granite stone blocks from Karnataka and Telangana are being used to elevate the plinth. The length of a block is 5 feet, breadth 2.5 feet and height 3 feet. About 17,000 granite blocks will be used in this work. The work of raising the plinth is expected to be completed by the end of September, 2022.
- Very soon the sanctum sanctorum and its surroundings will start laying of carved sandstone. The plinth work and the installation of carved stones will continue simultaneously. Pink sandstone from the hills of Bansi-Paharpur region in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan is being used for temple construction. About 4.70 lakh cubic feet of carved stones will be used in the temple. Carved stones have started reaching Ayodhya from the carving site in Pindwara town of Sirohi district in Rajasthan.
- White marble of Makrana hills of Rajasthan will be used inside the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. Makrana marble carving work is in progress and some of these carved marble blocks have also started reaching Ayodhya.
- Parkota-Covered Outer Parikrama Marg – A rectangular two-storey parikrama road will be constructed enclosing a total of 8 acres of land including the temple construction area and the area of ??its courtyard, the entrance will be in the east part of it. It will also be made of sandstone. This park is 18 feet high from the inner ground and will be 14 feet in width. In this park also 8 to 9 lakh cubic feet of stone will be used.
- Total stone quantity- Quantity of stones used for Parkota (carved sandstone) in this temple project is around 8 to 9 lakh cubic feet, 37 lakh cubic feet for uncarved granite plinth, approx 4.70 lakh cubic feet Carved pink sandstone will be used for the temple, 13,300 cubic feet of Makrana white carved marble will be used for the construction of the sanctum sanctorum and 95,300 square feet for the flooring and cladding.
- Retaining Wall- Construction of retaining wall is also going on in the south, west and north to prevent soil erosion around the temple and to protect it from possible Saryu floods in future. The width of this wall on the lowest floor is 12 meters and the total height of this wall from the bottom will be about 14 meters. It is important to note that there is a difference of 10 meters in the levels from east to west of the temple i.e. there is a slope from east to west.
- Presently all the activities are in progress simultaneously, for example, installation of plinth and carved pink sandstone blocks around the sanctum sanctorum, pink sandstone carving at Pindwara, Makrana marbles carving and RCC retaining wall construction etc. This construction work of the temple will surely be called an engineering marvel.
- In the first phase, a pilgrimage facility will provide necessary facilities to around 25,000 pilgrims. It will be built in the east direction near the temple access road.
- Temples of Lord Valmiki, Kewat, Mata Shabari, Jatayu, Mata Sita, Vigneshwar (Ganesh) and Sheshavatar (Lakshman) are also in the plan and will be constructed within a total area of ??70 acres but outside the park in the vicinity of the temple.
- Length in East-West direction on ground floor – 380 feet.
- Width in north-south direction on ground floor – 250 feet.
- The height of the summit from the ground at the sanctum is 161 feet.
- Sandstone Pillars- Ground Floor-166, First Floor-144, Second Floor- 82 (Total-392)
- Normally every month the construction committee under the chairmanship of Nripendra Mishra with all the engineers and architects sit for 2 to 3 days and discuss each and every detail very closely. CB Sompura, Ahmedabad is the architect of the temple and the park, while Jai Kaktikar (Design Associates, Noida) is the architect for the rest of the area outside the parkota.
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