Ayodhya Ram Mandir: The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is in full swing. The Rajasthan government will seek the approval of the central government for special pink sandstone in the construction of this temple. The state government needs clearance under the Forest and Wildlife Acts for Bansi Paharpur block in Bandha Baratha Wildlife Sanctuary of Bharatpur. Only after this clearance, mining can be done here. On getting the clearance of the central government, special pink colored sandstone can be removed from here. Since it will be used in the Ram temple being built in Ayodhya, the state government has put it under the ‘highest priority’.
According to the report of Indian Express, more than 1.1 lakh cubic feet of Pink Sandstone Ayodhya has been called since 1989 because Ram Temple is being constructed from this. In 2016, mining was banned in this entire area. However, this continued to happen illegally and the sale of stones continued in the gray market. On September 7 this year, the Bharatpur administration caught 25 trucks loaded with illegally mined sandstone.
Order of application on Ambient Portal
Sharad Sharma, regional spokesperson of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Ayodhya, says that the state should not stop the supply of pink sandstone as the Ram temple is being built in the national interest. He said that the VHP will welcome whatever steps will be taken to legalize mining in Bansi Paharpur. Apart from this, Rajasthan Joint Secretary (Mining) OP Kesra has asked the Director (Mining) on 23 October to denotify the Bansi Paharpur block and apply on the Ambient Portal of the Union Ministry.
Amidst all this, DM of Bharatpur district Nathmal Didel says that no specific reason has been written for the use of pink sandstone. After the e-notification application is filed, the forest department of the state will consider its clearance.
40-45% work done
Ground floor work in Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir has been completed by 40-45 per cent. 1.1 million cubic feet of sandstones had already arrived and work is going on. Soon 3.5-4 lakh cubic feet of sandstone will be required. According to the architects of the temple, pink sandstone has its own quality and it will reduce the beauty by mixing it with other variety.