Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Fast-track Ayodhya’s developmen­t as Vedic city, says chief minister

- HT Correspond­ent letters@hindustant­imes.com

LUCKNOW: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday reiterated the state government’s decision to develop Ayodhya as a Vedic city and said all department­s must coordinate to fasttrack the process there.

He ordered that the process of expansion of roads, putting all overage electric wires undergroun­d, constructi­on of airport, ensuring global connectivi­ty and procuring land for various schemes be speeded up.

He issued these directives after sitting through a presentati­on of the vision document on Ayodhya’s developmen­t in his office.

“We want to ensure restoratio­n of Ayodhya’s lost glory and pride and put it on the global map as a Vedic city with all the amenities befitting its status,” Adityanath said. He stressed on ensuring uniformity in design and constructi­on details for the various gigantic gates which were to be constructe­d across the city. The chief minister also said various schemes had been sanctioned for Ayodhya’s developmen­t and added once these were completed, it would be a global centre for devotees and religious tourists alike.

The projects include an internatio­nal airport, doubling of railway line, laying of four-lane by-pass and a modern sewage treatment plant. He said the process of procuring land for the airport should be fast- tracked.

He also said the proposed internatio­nal museum should be developed in such way that it depicts modernity while reflecting the city’s glorious past. Developmen­t must be undertaken with an eye on future requiremen­ts, he said.

The Ayodhya Developmen­t Authority vice chairman briefed the chief minister in detail about Ayodhya’s developmen­t plan and said the ancient city would be developed as a self-sustainabl­e city. Minister of state for tourism (independen­t charge) Neelkanth Tiwari, Ayodhya divisional commission­er MP Agarwal and district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha participat­ed virtually at the presentati­on.

Chief secretary RK Tiwari, addl chief secretary (home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi, additional chief secretary (finance) S Radha Chauhan and additional chief secretary (irrigation) T Venkatesh were also present.

 ?? ANI ?? CM Yogi Adityanath
ANI CM Yogi Adityanath

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