Verdigris affecting Ram Temple construction

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Ayodhya, Jun 6 (UNI) The carvation of stones for construction of a mammoth temple on the disputed Sri Ram Janmabhoomi complex has come to a hault due to verdigris.

The stones, whose cutting commenced in a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workshop in September 1990, have started turning green black due to verdigris.

The cutting of stones, which was being carried out in this workshop from past 18 years, started lingering since last year.

The supervisor of the workshop Anu Bhai Sonkar said, ''The work has come to a stand-still as the Nyas is left with no money to pay the workers.'' However, as per the proposed model, stones required for first floor are ready, he said.

The probable reason for the change in colour of stones could be the manner, in which they were kept, Mr Sonkar added.

''Now, rupees worth several crores are required for removal of verdigris as costly chemicals would be applied to the stones,'' the workshop supervisor said.

As per VHP media-in-charge Sharad Sharma, the stones would be cleared only once the construction work of temple gets started.

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