Given its present condition, there’s likelihood of the temple structure suffering significant damage in the event of a strong earthquake.
Sunken floor, tilted structure, earthquake-prone: ASI-IIT report on Banke Bihari Mandir
2020-08-29 (VT): Last month, Vrindavan Today did a story
about the ongoing repair work at Banke Bihari Mandir due to which the temple is
supposed to remain closed for public until September 30. Now, other shocking
details have emerged after a team of experts from ASI and IIT Delhi inspected
the premises along with some private construction agencies.
The investigation reveals that apart from randomly appearing cracks, a part of the temple near Gate No. 4 was sunken by about one-and-a-half inches due to continuous leakage in the foundation. This has caused a bent of approximately one-and-a-half degrees in the entire structure.
Further, according to the results from GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) testing of soil samples, the temple built nearly 150 years ago in 1864 is not earthquake resistant. Given its present condition, there’s likelihood of the temple structure suffering significant damages in the event of a strong earthquake.
According to the temple management a framework for future construction is being agreed upon right now. In order to repair the current damage, experts have recommended 65 concrete pilings of 450 mm each be placed in the main hall at 12 - 15 meters apart. 45 pilings have already been installed. Rafting work will begin in the next phase. It will include working on earthquake resistance and PVC ceiling.