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Tata engineers may be roped in for Ayodhya temple

AYODHYA: Engineers of Tata Group participated for the first time in a crucial meeting of Ram Temple Construction Committee in Ayodhya on Friday along with officials of Larsen & Toubro — the company assigned to build the temple. The presence of Tata engineers at the meet chaired by panel chairman Nripendra Mishra, threw open the possibility that their expertise may also be sought in temple construction, said top sources in the Temple Trust. The meeting was held at Faizabad Circuit House.
The testing of foundation pillars is continuing at the Ramjanmabhoomi and the report from experts of IIT-Madras is still awaited, Trust member Dr Anil Mishra told TOI. In September, an IIT team had collected samples of soil and concrete from the site for tests. “We are also waiting for the report from IIT-Madras on the strength of three pillars placed at the foundation. We will embark on the next phases of construction after the report gives a go-ahead,” said Mishra.
At the Circuit House meeting on Friday, construction committee chairman Nripendra Mishra discussed the progress of temple construction and delved into the finer points of aesthetics and durability. Opinions were sought from various experts at the meeting on ways to fortify the foundation that the temple can weather calamities and stand tall for 1,000 years, said Mishra.