Ayodhya: Over a year after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Temple, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) is mulling to lay the foundation stone of the mosque on the Republic Day.

The blueprint of the mosque to replace the Babri Masjid will be unveiled this Saturday and its foundation laid on Republic Day on the five-acre land allotted for it here, members of the Trust formed for its construction said.

Six months ago, the board set up the Indo-Islamic Cultural foundation, a trust for the construction of the mosque. "The Trust chose January 26, 2021 for laying the foundation stone of the Ayodhya mosque as on this day our Constitution came into effect over seven decades ago. Our Constitution is based on pluralism, which is the leitmotif of our mosque project," said Athar Hussain, secretary of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF).

"The mosque will have a capacity to hold 2,000 namazis at a time, and the structure will be round-shaped," Akhtar told PTI.

The blueprint of the mosque complex, which will include a multi-speciality hospital, a community kitchen and a library, will be unveiled by the IICF on December 19 as the plan for the project has been finalised by its chief architect, Professor SM Akhtar.

According to reports, the structure of the new mosque will be bigger than the Babri Masjid, but the design is unlikely to be identical to the mosque in the Ram Janmabhoomi premises.

The Supreme Court on November 9 last year had paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the town in Uttar Pradesh.

The state government allotted a five-acre land in Dhannipur village in Sohawal Tehsil of Ayodhya.

(With inputs from agency)