For performance monitoring and appraisal of the 264 big-ticket projects, a dashboard has been set up at the behest of the chief minister’s office. Senior officials in Delhi will also be granted access to supervise the milestones being achieved by the central agencies. The deadline for completing the projects that are underway is November 2024.
The need to augment the infrastructure and resources in the city is being felt as the daily count of visitors is expected to go up to from an average of 55,000 to 100,000 within a year and a half. As per the vision document prepared by the local development authority, the annual count of visitors could go up to 10 crore by 2047 in Ayodhya.
“The civic facilities and infrastructure have to be strengthened before the Ram temple is opened for the devotees. The daily footfall of the tourists and pilgrims will go up manifold in Ayodhya and hence timely execution of the projects is crucial,” stated Vishal Singh, vice-chairman of the Ayodhya development authority. Singh is also the commissioner of the Ayodhya municipal corporation.
To create a different perception among domestic and international tourists visiting the temple town, the agencies are working on a futuristic theme while retaining the cultural vibrancy of the city.
To meet the needs of the stakeholders, the Ayodhya action plan has been divided into three broad categories – shaping the city as the global spiritual capital, making it an ecological tourist destination and providing sustainable and modern infrastructure to those looking to settle down or invest in a property in the city.
Indian Railways, Airports Authority of IndiaNational Highways Authority of India and Ministry of Minority Affairs are also supporting the UP government in reshaping the temple town. The remaining are UP government agencies. Officials added that four projects are being executed with the help of private players under the public-private-partnership mode. “The private projects have been planned for operating and maintaining the facilities such as Bhajan Sandhya complex, Ram Katha park amphitheatre, parking complex and restaurant among others,” said the officer.
While NHAI is executing projects worth Rs 10,000 crore, the public works department of UP government has also taken up 34 projects worth close to Rs 7,500 crore.