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Rationality moves into controversy : the disputed Ayodhya site, India

TOJO Vikas International Pvt. Ltd. The Delhi-based geological survey company which was tasked by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to study the disputed Ayodhya site, today confirmed that that they had reported an underground structure. Company sources told The Indian Express (newspaper daily) that anomalies found underneath the site were connected, indicating that these were not boulders or rocks but a structure. The findings were submitted to the ASI last month.

Labouring through the better half of January this year, the company used state-of-art Ground Penetrating Radars for underground mapping of the site. The radar sends out electromagnetic waves to study soil layers. The data provided by the radars is capable of distinguishing between large boulders, rocks and structures buried underground.

For nearly 20 days, a 10 member team, including Canadian geologist Claude Robillard, used the radars to study the site. Another 25 days were spent in interpreting the exhaustive data collected by a field team of three experts and 10 helpers. The technology used by the company to conduct the study- introduced by them six years ago – has an accuracy of five per cent for positioning and 10 per cent for depth. The findings at the disputed site were well within these parameters, company sources said. Surveying the nearly 4000 sq ft site, as per directions of the ASI, cost the company approximately Rs 25 lakh,, the sources said. In fact, the same technology was used for a similar study, conducted on behalf of Delhi Metro Rail project, on the stretch between Delhi University and Central Secretariat.

Saikat Datta
The Indian Express
New Delhi