AYODHYA: As part of its ambitious plan to expand the premises of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya from 70 acre to 107 acre, the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has purchased an additional 7,285 square feet land adjacent to the proposed complex.
The land is adjacent to the 70-acre area given by the Supreme Court in its September 2019 verdict for the construction of the Ram temple. The land belongs to a local resident Deep Narain who was paid Rs 1 crore by the Trust. “The rate was approximately Rs 1,373 per square feet,” says a Trust member.
In its 70-acre premises, the Trust had 30,49,200 square feet of land in its possession and now has added 7,285 square feet more. To complete its mission to have 107 acre land, it needs 14,30,195 square feet more and is already in talks with the owners of land situated adjacent to the complex.
“We have purchased that land as we need more space for our Ram Mandir project,” Anil Mishra, one of the trustees, told TOI. Deep Narain signed a registry deed of his 7,285 square feet land in favour of Champat Rai, the secretary of the Ram Mandir Trust on February 20.
Dr Anil Mishra and Ayodhya’s Apna Dal MLA Indra Pratap Tiwari were the two witnesses on the occasion, said SB Singh, the sub-Registrar of Faizabad, in whose office the deed was signed.
“I was fortunate to be a part of the first purchase deed signed by the Ram Mandir Trust,” said Indra Pratap Tiwari.
With this purchase, the process to acquire more land adjacent to the Ram Janambhoomi premises has speeded up. The Trust is in talks with owners of temples, houses and open lands adjoining the premises.
The main temple will be constructed over 5-acre land and rest about 100 acre would be used to develop different facilities like museums, library, yagyashala, picture gallery depicting different episodes of Lord Rama’s life etc, Mishra added.