‘New Ayodhya’ Township to boost tourism

Uttar Pradesh government is planning to develop a 500-acre ‘New Ayodhya’ township on the banks of the river Sarayu.

‘New Ayodhya’, which is being planned on a stretch of land between the villages of Majha Barhata and Jaisingh Mau near the ancient city of Ayodhya, will be constructed at an estimated initial cost of around Rs 3.5 billion (Rs 350 crores). The new township will be adjoining the Lucknow-Gorakhpur expressway and will be close to the banks of the Sarayu, a tributary of the river Ganga.

The ‘New Ayodhya’ project will come under the jurisdiction and administration of the Ayodhya Faizabad Development Authority (AFDA), as per the reports. The project will be implemented in phases, the first of which will see work being carried out on 100 acres of land, which is twenty per cent of the overall project. Once completed, ‘New Ayodhya’ will have temples, parks, public spaces, shopping arcades and luxury hotels. The township will also have adequate residential areas, and will be built with water and sewage infrastructure of international standards.

The Yogi Adityanath government plans to complete the first phase of the ‘New Ayodhya’ township within 18 months from the commencement of the project.