Authorities are gearing up to give Ayodhya a complete makeover following the Supreme Court verdict in favour of a Ram temple, with plans to build resorts, a five-star hotel, international bus terminal and an airport. Besides these, the Uttar Pradesh government also plans to start a cruise on the Saryu river.

Elaborating about the developmental plan, deputy director Information of Ayodhya division Murlidhar Singh said,”Ayodhya Teerth Vikas Parishad will be constituted. Plans are on to start river cruise on Saryu river in Ayodhya. It will take almost four years for Ayodhya to become a city like Tirupati,” he said. Singh said work will be started at a very fast pace to construct an international airport in Ayodhya, so that the first flight can take off by Ram Navami (birth celebration of Lord Ram) in April 2020. He said the expansion of Ayodhya railway station will also be undertaken apart from construction of an international bus terminal in the town.

In addition, a flyover measuring 5-kilometre- long will come up between Faizabad and Ayodhya, he said. Work to construct a five-star hotel and setting up 10 resorts in Ayodhya is likely to commence in December, he said. “The temple of Lord Ram, which will be built in Ayodhya, will be the biggest religious place in the country. If 2,000 craftsmen (kaarigar) will be working for 8 hours in a day, then the temple will be ready in two-and-half years. So far 65 per cent of the stones have been already carved,” Murlidhar Singh said. He added that the responsibility to look after the area of nearly 5-kilometre around the temple will be on the Supreme Court-mandated trust for construction of a temple at the site in Ayodhya.

A number of religious institutes will come up in the 77-acre campus of the temple. A Gaushala (cow shed), Dharamshala (rest house) and Vedic institute along with other religious buildings will be built in the vicinity of the Ram Temple, he said. Ayodhya will be developed as an ‘Aadhyatmik Nagari’ (Spiritual City), and as many as 10 Shri Ram ‘dwaar’ (gates) will be built, he said.