Modi reviews plans for development of Ayodhya as a spiritual centre, tourism hub and smart city
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewing development plans for Ayodhya, through video-conferencing, in New Delhi on June 26, 2021.

Modi reviews plans for development of Ayodhya as a spiritual centre, tourism hub and smart city

New Delhi, June 26, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reviewed the development plans for Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, which is being envisaged by planners as a spiritual centre, a global tourism hub and a sustainable smart city.

During the review, at which Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was also present, state government officials made a presentation on various aspects of Ayodhya's development.

Modi was briefed about various upcoming and proposed infrastructure projects to improve connectivity with Ayodhya. Various projects like airport, expansion of railway station, bus station, roads and highwys were discussed.

A greenfield township was discussed, which will include lodging facilities for devotees, space for ashrams, maths, hotels, and bhavans of various states. A tourist facilitation centre and a world class museum will also be built.

Special attention is being devoted to development of infrastructure around the Saryu river and its ghats. Cruise operation on the Saryu river will also be made a regular feature, an official press release said.

The city will be developed to ensure sustainability with adequate spaces for cyclists and people on foot. Traffic management will also be done in a modern manner using smart city infrastructure.

Speaking during the discussions, Modi described Ayodhya as a city that is etched in the cultural consciousness of every Indian. "Ayodhya should manifest the finest of our traditions and the best of our developmental transformations," he said.

"Ayodhya is both spiritual and sublime. The human ethos of this city must be matched by futuristic infrastructure, which is beneficial for everyone including tourists and pilgrims," he said.

The Prime Minister said the coming generations should feel the desire to visit Ayodhya at least once in their lifetime.

He pointed out that developmental works in Ayodhya will continue in the foreseeable future. "At the same time, the momentum towards heralding Ayodhya to this next leap of progress must begin now. It is our collective endeavour to celebrate the identity of Ayodhya and keep its cultural vibrancy alive through innovative ways," he said.

Modi said that, just as Lord Ram had the ability to bring people together, the development works of Ayodhya should be guided by a spirit of healthy public participation, especially by the youth. He called for the skills of the country's talented youngsters to be leveraged in the development of the city.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and other ministers of the state were also present in the meeting.


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