Ayodhya is on track to unlock its new potential upon the arrival of the beloved Lord Ram. The centre has opened all the ways of modernising the entire city yet preserving the rich cultural and religious heritage of the temple town.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be green lighting Rs 15000 crore for the development of the city and its surrounding areas hereby providing better communication, connection and transport facilities. The Centre is optimistic enough of making Ayodhya, a tier 1 city in the coming years.
There will be a new airport assigned specifically for the city. The existing railway station is set to be upgraded for a much modern and better one. Apart from connection and communication the UP government also revealed their plans to bring top-tier hospitality in the city to encourage tourism.
Ayodhya Airport set to connect city
The Ayodhya Airport, set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, marks a new era in Airport excellence and cultural identity, propelling India’s growth story skywards. Designed by Sthapati and built at a cost of Rs 1,450 crore, the Ayodhya Airport emerges as an infrastructural marvel and a promise of holistic community development and cultural enrichment. The airport is set to be named as ‘Maharishi Valmiki Airport’.
Beyond its physical dimensions, the airport, with its GRIHA 4-Star Certification, stands as a testament to India’s commitment to sustainable practices, heralding a new era in environmentally conscious aviation.
The Airport, is strategically located to facilitate travel for devotees and tourists. The location complements the upcoming Ayodhya Ram Temple, providing a seamless travel experience to visitors seeking to experience this historic city. Ayodhya Airport is the newest milestone in this journey of unprecedented growth in aviation traffic and infrastructure.
With a peak-hour capacity of 750+ passengers and four aircraft movements per hour, it will cater to a large population and accommodate the continuous expected growth. A two-floored structure, the Airport is adorned with elevational elements depicting the sacred city’s rich history.
The ground floor invites passengers with expansive amenities, and the airport operations are carried out from the first floor.The building is inspired by the gradual elevation of the mandapas and the Nagara style of temple architecture prevalent in Northern India. According to an official release, the Ayodhya Airport Integrates the city’s heritage into the architecture.
The transformed Ayodhya Dham Junction
The new Ayodhya Railway Station which will be renamed to ‘Ayodhya Dham Junction’ before the inauguration of the most anticipated Ram Mandir will be spread across more than 10,000 square metres of land. It will be equipped with all the modern amenities. The PM will be inaugurating the Airport and Railway Station on Saturday.
After sunset, the station buildings, both old and new, glow in dazzling hue of pink attracting the passengers and the passerby.
The fully air-conditioned station will be waiting rooms, ramps, elevators, paintings and murals of Lord Ram’s life. The Station depicts the ideology of the centre to revamp city by modernising yet preserving the cultural heritage of the city.
The government anticipates that the Railway station would be majorly used by the devotees travelling for the yatra, hence the station would be an incorporation of Valmiki Ramayan and Ram Charitra Manas Ramayan to provide a spiritual feelings in the minds of the travellers.
PM Modi will inaugurate several projects in the state and launch new Amrit Bharat and Vande Bharat trains ahead of the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate several projects in Ayodhya on December 30, including the Ayodhya Dham Junction Railway Station. He will also flag off two Amrit Bharat and six Vande Bharat trains, weeks before the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple.
The Amrit Bharat Express, featuring LHB push-pull technology and non-air-conditioned coaches, pledges an upgraded passenger journey. It boasts improved amenities such as appealing seat layouts, enhanced luggage racks, mobile charging outlets, LED lighting, CCTV, and a comprehensive public information system.
Hotel chains gear up for the Modern Ayodhya
The Taj Group of companies is all set to construct a 100-room hotel in Ayodhya and the well-known Ginger group too has planned a mega 120-room setup here. According to the officials of Ayodhya district, so far 26 big hotel projects have been approved here while many states are supposed to open their guest houses. Officials said that with the opening of hotels at large scale tourism activities will go up and the economy will boost up.
As per the new tourism policy of UP, a total of 89 companies have shown interest in opening hotels in Ayodhya. Of these projects, 26 companies have been approved so far. While many more might come up in days to come.
In the first groundbreaking ceremony of UP proposed next month, construction of 26 hotels would begin. The state government has offered land to the various states for opening their own guest houses. The officials informed that many states including Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra have agreed to open guest houses in Ayodhya.
Hospitality seems to be flocking in the city upon the arrival of Lord Ram as Raddisson, Indian Hotels Corporation Limited (IHCL), ITC Hotels, OYO Group is planning to create 25000 room hotels in the city. The project expects too add 10,000 Crore into the city by 2030-31.
Ayodhya of the 90s
A difference that would speak volumes. Ayodhya in the 90s was something no one expected to be what it is now. Increased crime rates, sky-rocketing unemployment and no infrastructure. The religious beliefs of the people remained tampered and it felt like Ayodhya had no soul.
A statistic then has stated that every 5 out of 10 youngster in Ayodhya was unemployed and every 3 out of 10 minds were leaving the then rural city for an urban one.
Back then Ayodhya was only infamously remembered for the destruction of Babri Masjid and the riots which came as aftermath of the incident. One thing the city was known confidently known for was cheap labour.
All of these are mere memories now. The rapid development after the Ram Mandir has seen Ayodhya transform into a force which was unforeseen. There is an exuberance in every Indian to help the temple town fulfil its newly designed potential.