In a landmark development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham and unveiled the revamped Ayodhya Dham railway station. The inauguration took place ahead of the highly anticipated consecration ceremony of the Ram Temple scheduled for January 22.
Ayodhya Welcomes PM Modi
Upon arrival, Prime Minister Modi engaged with the citizens of Ayodhya through a vibrant roadshow, where he acknowledged the enthusiastic crowds lining the route from the airport to the railway station. The city was adorned with flowers, and welcoming posters featuring the PM adorned various locations, all under the watchful eye of a robust security cordon.
Ayodhya Dham Railway Station: A Green Marvel
The redeveloped Ayodhya Dham railway station, constructed at a cost of ₹240 crore, stands as a certified green building. Boasting a three-storey structure equipped with lifts, escalators, waiting halls, cloakrooms, and food plazas, the station incorporates design elements inspired by Lord Ram’s life and the upcoming Ram Temple consecration. A symbolic ‘mukut’ (crown) structure crowns the top, while a bow motif beneath it signifies Ayodhya’s association with Lord Ram.
Vande Bharat and Amrit Bharat Trains
Prime Minister Modi flagged off six Vande Bharat and two new Amrit Bharat trains during the ceremony. The latter, a new category of superfast passenger trains, introduces ‘push-pull’ technology for enhanced speed and passenger comfort. These trains feature improved amenities, including spacious seating, ample luggage racks, LED lights, CCTV cameras, and a public information system.
Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham
Costing over ₹1,450 crore, the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham boasts a 6,500 sq m terminal designed to serve approximately 10 lakh passengers annually. The airport showcases vibrant murals depicting various stages of the Ramayana and Lord Ram’s life.
Future Connectivity and Developments
With flights connecting major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad, the airport is poised to accommodate the expected influx of visitors to the Ram Temple. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected both the railway station and airport, emphasizing the significant development works worth over ₹11,000 crore for Ayodhya and its environs. These include widened and beautified roads, a medical college, the Ayodhya bypass, solid waste treatment, and multiple parking and commercial facilities.
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