Two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the cornerstone on this day in 2020, the construction work at the Ram temple site in Ayodhya is 40% finished. According to engineers, the temple’s first floor should be completed in early 2024.
While allowing the media access to the building site on Friday, the temple trust tweeted updates on the status of the project. It stated that the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir’s construction was 40% complete. The ground is being covered with carved stones.
Videos recorded at the location showed huge cranes hoisting the plinth’s stones. The sandstone construction could also be seen from a distance.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, participated in a ceremony in June of this year to formally lay the first carved stone in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum. Just a few months before the important 2024 Lok Sabha election, the sanctum sanctorum will be exposed to worshipers.
Engineers on the job site stated that a total of 8.9 to 9.0 lakh cubic feet of carved sandstone and 6.37 lakh cubic feet of uncarved granite were used for the project. According to the Ram Janmabhoomi foundation, white marble from the Makrana hills in Rajasthan will be used in the sanctum sanctorumd
In August 2020, the temple’s bhoomipujan, at which the temple’s foundation stone was laid and work on its construction began, was attended by Prime Minister Modi.
Amit Shah, the union home minister, also made reference to the Ram temple’s dedication ceremony while criticising the Congress for participating in statewide demonstrations against inflation and unemployment while dressed in “black attire.” Accusing the grand old party of having “hurt the sensibilities of Ram worshipers,” Adityanath demanded an apology.
Shah connected the protests to the Ram temple and accused the Congress of engaging in “appeasement politics” by choosing to wear all black in protest of PM Modi’s decision to lay the temple’s cornerstone in 2020.