Hindustan Times (Lucknow)
Fast-track Ayodhya’s development as Vedic city, says chief minister
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.