Red sandstone from Mirzapur is being considered as an alternative for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
It is being considered for use as an alternative to a mixture of cement, concrete, and sand for the foundation of the temple structure.
Reportedly, the experts are looking at safeguarding the temple from the dangers of any water stream.
The plan for considering the sandstone from Mirzapur came up when the work was delayed due to the presence of the loose sand.
There is a presence of loose sand around 200 feet under the ground at the construction site.
Sources in Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, reportedly have said that the works on the foundation is expected to begin in the next 15 days.
The temple construction committee has reportedly asked the Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) to study the soil at the temple site, particularly in the area where the sanctum sanctorum is proposed.
The NGRI is expected to present its report in the next 15 days.
The red sandstone will be used for laying the foundation after water from the ground till 50 feet below is drained out and sand dug out.
Engineers from two companies will test the strength of the stones before consolidating the foundation. A meeting of the temple trust took decisions on the new developments on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, archaeologists reportedly noted that Baragaon, located atop the Chunar hills in Mirzapur district is an ancient quarry which supplied the pattika for the Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath.
Local media has reported that Ahraura in Mirzapur could become the source of the red sandstone in case it is taken as an alternative, and that the locals in the district are looking at a possibility of a possible turn around for the Mirzapur sandstone hub.
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