While making a speech in the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the formation of a trust for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya which was directed by the Supreme Court in its landmark verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case last November.
“I am happy to announce that in the cabinet meeting today morning, we took significant decisions on the Ayodhya trust. As per the orders of the Supreme Court, we have set up a trust. The Sri Ram Janma Bhumi Tirtha Shetra will be the name of the trust. It will be an independent body,” Modi said.
In India, everyone is a part of one “broad family”, be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis or Jains, Modi said.
“We have taken another big step for Ram Mandir pilgrims. We are allocating over 67 acres of land near the mandir area to the trust,” he added.
It has been learnt that a 251m tall Lord Ram statue will be built in Ayodhya which will be the tallest statue in the world. The altitude of the Ram statue will surpass the height of “Statue of Unity” standing in Gujarat. The proposed statue will have Lord Ram holding a bow and arrow, with a quiver on his back.
Union home minister Amit Shah said there would be 15 members for the trust, including a Dalit representative who would be in charge of the entire 67-acre land.
Sources say that five acres of land has been allotted to the Sunni Central Waqf Board to build a mosque in Ayodhya by the Uttar Pradesh government. The apex court said in its verdict that a trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the disputed site.