Ayodhya Airport to be renamed Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham, say sources

As the preparations are in full swing before the grand consecration ceremony of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on January 22, the city has also been witnessing the renaming of important places. Yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh government changed the name of Ayodhya railway station, and now the upcoming international airport will be named ‘Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham’, reported news agency ANI, citing sources on Thursday.

Ayodhya, one of the holiest cities in India and the state of Uttar Pradesh, is all set to get its first international airport, which would further help in promoting the pilgrimage site and give a boost to tourism in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the newly built Ayodhya Airport on December 30.

“Phase 1 of the state-of-the-art airport is developed at a cost of more than Rs 1,450 crore. The airport’s terminal building will have an area of 6500 sqm, equipped to serve about 10 lakh passengers annually. The facade of the Terminal Building depicts the temple architecture of the upcoming Shri Ram Mandir of Ayodhya. The interiors of the terminal Building are decorated with local art, paintings and murals depicting the life of Bhagwan Shri Ram,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The terminal building of Ayodhya airport is also equipped with various sustainability features like an insulated roofing system, LED lighting, rainwater harvesting, landscaping with fountains, a water treatment plant, sewage treatment plant, solar power plant and many other such features have been provided to meet GRIHA – 5-star ratings.

The airport will improve connectivity in the region, leading to a boost in tourism, business activities and employment opportunities, PMO said.PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of a greenfield township in Ayodhya being developed at a cost of more than Rs 2180 crore. PM Modi will also flag off two new Amrit Bharat trains and six new Vande Bharat trains.Maharishi Valmiki is credited for writing the epic Ramayana.

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