UP Govt’s Ayodhya Development Board To Spur Activity In Temple Town

LUCKNOW || For both the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh and Centre, Ayodhya has been at the centre of its policies and programmes. In keeping with that policy, after setting up the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust by the Centre to construct the temple, now the state government is all set to float a new Board which will develop Ayodhya over the course of the next two years.

As per information, the Yogi regime is preparing a draft to set up Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Development Board which will help in the development of infrastructure in Ayodhya at a global level turning into a big tourist and pilgrim centre.

As per the plan, the Development Board will be having nearly five members led by the chief minister as its chairperson. In phase 1, the Board via a development plan drafted carefully will develop Ayodhya with a fund of Rs 250 cr over two years.

A proposal to this effect is being placed before the state cabinet soon. The formal meet on this is slated to take place in the state capital

Meanwhile, the Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust will hold their first meeting in the national capital on February 19 when they could divulge dates for the staring of the Ram Mandir construction. Tentatively the dates of choice are Ram Navmi (April 2) and Akshay Tritiya (April 26).

Reportedly the meeting will see participation by seven office-bearers along with other nominated members. The first announcement on this had come from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament. It is pertinent to mention that the announcement is in line with the apex court verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

All this even as saints of Ayodhya discuss where to shift the idols of the Ram Janambhoomi when the temple would be constructed. A consensus on the same is yet to be made. Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel at the beginning of the week visited Ayodhya to pay her respects at the Ram Janambhoomi and at Hanuman Garhi temples.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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