Babri Mosque Demolition, Ayodhya Undergoes Rapid Infra Development, Marking 31 Years Of Transformative Changes
Ayodhya's infrastructure surged post-BJP's 2017 governance, accelerating further after the 2019 SC verdict. Ongoing projects enhance connectivity, bolster hospitality, and offer employment opportunities, contributing to the city's development.
The historic town of Ayodhya has undergone significant transformation over the past 31 years, leading up to the imminent grand opening of the Ram temple. The noteworthy changes in Ayodhya's infrastructure began in 2017, following the BJP's ascent to power and Yogi Adityanath assuming the role of Chief Minister.
In May 2017, shortly after coming into power, the BJP government amalgamated the municipal boards of Faizabad and Ayodhya, establishing the Ayodhya Nagar Nigam as a new municipal corporation. This move resulted in increased funding for infrastructure development from both the state and the central government. Ayodhya, initially part of Faizabad district, saw its name changed in November 2018 when the Adityanath government rebranded both the district and division to Ayodhya.
In October 2021, the Faizabad Railway Junction underwent a name change, becoming Ayodhya Cantt. A noteworthy project is the Maryada Purshottam Shri Ram International Airport, situated along the Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway. In April 2022, the state government finalized a lease agreement with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the transfer of 318 acres of land, paving the way for the conversion of a 1,500-meter-long and 30-meter-wide airstrip into an international airport capable of accommodating 24 aircraft.
Addressing the traffic congestion on the Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is set to develop a 65-km outer ring road, expected to cost Rs 2,500 crore. This four-lane ring road will traverse Ayodhya, Gonda, and Basti districts.
Furthermore, the Ayodhya railway station is undergoing expansion with the addition of three new platforms. The second phase of development will include landscaping and the creation of another railway track. These infrastructural advancements underscore the town's comprehensive makeover, coinciding with the monumental occasion of the Ram temple's inauguration.