Ayodhya, December 30, 2023 — The ancient temple town of Ayodhya is on the brink of a significant transformation with the inauguration of the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham and the unveiling of a revamped railway station. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to launch 46 infrastructure projects costing a whopping ₹15,700 crore during his visit to the city, just weeks before the grand consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple scheduled for January 22.
The four-hour-long visit by Prime Minister Modi will mark the commencement of various projects aimed at enhancing the city’s infrastructure and preserving its cultural heritage. Among the key projects are beautified roads, a medical college, the Ayodhya bypass, a solid waste treatment facility, and five parking and commercial facilities.
“Our government is committed to developing world-class infrastructure, improving connectivity, and preserving the rich heritage of Ayodhya, the city of Lord Shri Ram. In this direction, I will inaugurate the newly constructed airport and redeveloped railway station tomorrow. Along with this, I will also get the privilege of inaugurating and laying the foundation stone for many more development projects, which will make the lives of my family members in many areas of the country, including Ayodhya and UP, easier,” the Prime Minister stated in a post on X yesterday.
The Ayodhya airport, developed at a cost of ₹1,450 crore, is set to commence operations from January 6, with the capacity to serve nearly 10 lakh passengers annually. Flights from major cities across India are expected to facilitate devotees’ visits to the Ram Temple post its consecration.
The redeveloped railway station, now renamed Ayodhya Dham Junction, is a state-of-the-art, three-storey facility equipped with food plazas and waiting rooms. The redevelopment cost for the railway station amounts to ₹240 crore.
Projects to be Inaugurated by the Prime Minister:
- Ayodhya Airport: A state-of-the-art facility built at a cost of nearly ₹1,450 crore.
- Amrit Bharat and Vande Bharat Trains: Two new Amrit Bharat trains and six Vande Bharat trains.
- Ayodhya Dham Junction Railway Station: Redeveloped Ayodhya Railway Station, Ayodhya Dham Junction, built at a cost of ₹240 crore.
- Roads, Colleges: Four newly redeveloped, widened, and beautified roads in Ayodhya, along with medical colleges, roads, and waste treatment plants.
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