The date to start the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya is likely to get finalized today, as the first meeting of the Ram Temple trustShri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra — is scheduled to take place later today.

During the meeting, the date to begin the construction of Ram Temple is likely to be finalized. Along with the decision on the date, two prominent people, who shall be practicing Hindus, are also expected to get nominated by the board of members with a majority resolution.

Apart from this, a member of the trust formed by the government, Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, last week said that they will also discuss to include Ram Mandir Nyas chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das in the trust.

Another member of the trust, Swami Govind Devgiri Maharaj, had earlier stated that the construction will either begin on Ram Navmi or Akshaya Tritiya in April.

However, official sources, as quoted by IndiaToday, said that the official decision will be taken only after considering the viability and opinions of the other stakeholders in the trust.

The central government last week, completing its poll promise, formed a 15-member trust to supervise the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The decision was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 5, in Lok Sabha, as directed by the Supreme Court in its milestone verdict in November last year.

The 15-member trust — 9 permanent and 6 nominated members — will oversee the construction of Ram Temple. The government had also made nine rules which will act as the basis of how the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust will work.

On the other hand, the Uttar Pradesh government, as directed by the Supreme Court in its November verdict, has also allotted a five-acre land to UP Sunni Central Waqf Board for the construction of the mosque in Dhannipur village located in Sohawal tehsil in Ayodhya district, 25 kilometers away from the temple site. PM Modi, in Lok Sabha, had also said that the center has approved the plot.

On November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court had approved the construction of a temple at the then disputed site in Ayodhya where the 17th century Babri Masjid once stood before it was demolished in 1992, and ordered the center to form a trust for the construction of Ram Temple. The top court also directed the government to allot 5 acres of land in Ayodhya for the construction of the mosque.

(With inputs from Jagran)