A FRESH CONSIGNMENT of 18 blocks of sandstones for carving out structures of the proposed Ram temple reached Ayodhya in three trucks on Wednesday. Four blocks of stones in two trucks had arrived in the temple city a week ago. All these sandstone blocks have been kept at Ramsevakpuram of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. Ramsevakpuram is barely 500-metre from the VHP workshop, where carving of stones for the temple is going on since 1990.
VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said that ‘Ram bhakts’ have sent 2,000 cubic feet stones from Bharatpur in Rajasthan because Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in June 2015 had appealed to them to donate stones instead of cash. Sharma said that the Commercial Tax department in the previous Samajwadparty regime had stopped allowing Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas to bring sandstones from Rajasthan, citing the “status quo” ordered by the Supreme Court at the disputed site.