Eastern Panorama|September 2020
Splendid Spiritual Destination Development Takes Off
Virendra Singh

With groundbreaking ( foundation laying) of Ram temple construction, the Uttar Pradesh Adityanath Yogi government has made elaborate plans to construct a resplendent destination in the temple town of Ayodhya. There is a proposal to install a 151-meter-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu River in Ayodhya.

The ancient holy city will be developed as a ‘’major pilgrimage centre’’ under the Smart City Project.

An Ayodhya Pilgrimage Development Council will be set up which will be entrusted with the task of developing the city with the state-of-the-art modern infrastructure to promote tourism and connectivity. As per the directions of the top district and Uttar Pradesh government officials, in coordination with the Central government, had met and prepared a detailed roadmap for transformation of Ayodhya into a smart city. The state government aims to build Ayodhya as the biggest religious destination in North India with plans to constitute an ‘Ayodhya Tirtha Development Board’ to take this task further. For the transformation of Ayodhya, the government will soon make air connectivity better in Ayodhya with an international airport with all modern state-of-art facilities. The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has already sanctioned 100 crore rupees for revamping the Ayodhya railway station. Moreover, a bus terminus with a capacity of 3,000 to 4,000 buses has also been proposed.

It may be recalled that Ayodhya was a town in Faizabad district before the Yogi Adityanath government renamed the entire district in 2018. A 13-kilometre long corridor on the life of Lord Ram is also on the cards. A cruise on the Saryu River is also proposed, which will provide a scenic view to tourists and devotees who come to Ayodhya. Meanwhile, five-star hotels and resorts are also expected to come up in the temple town. A proposal to include 42 nearby villages into Ayodhya has also been sent to the government by the Ayodhya Municipal Corporation. Earlier the proposal was to include only 22 villages. The state government is likely to rope in a force of more than 2,000 labourers for the completion of construction of the Ram temple.


The highly-anticipated, ‘magnificent’ Ram temple that millions of Hindus are eagerly waiting for, is soon set to become a reality after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid down the foundation stone on August 5 2020. Renowned architect Chandrakant Sompura and his sons have been entrusted with responsibility to design the Ram Mandir. The completion of the temple is expected to take around three-and-a-half years.

Central, State government plans to develop Ayodhya as a big tourist centre


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September 2020