WIDENING of roads, flower gardens and fountains along the Ayodhya bypass will be part of a major beautification plan of the ‘New Ayodhya’ as the Ram temple construction kicks off. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved Rs 55 crore for beautification and civil construction works for the 16-km bypass. While the Rs 35 crore civil construction work to upgrade the existing bypass started in March this year, NHAI will open bids for beautification soon.
The works were approved after Faizabad MP Lallu Singh raised the matter with Union Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. “The upgradation and beautification will make travelling wonderful, both for pilgrims who come here and for visitors. Several road projects have been approved and work has started around Ayodhya,” said an official. BJP MP Lallu Singh said that the Centre has provided enough funds for road development in the area, which will boost religious tourism and economic development. The roads that are being developed include the Ram-Janki Marg and 84 Kosi Parikrama Marg in this region. Officials said planting of exotic plants will proceed with the construction of cement concrete kerbs along the way.
The state government has also drawn up an ambitious plan to develop and beautify Ayodhya which will now be a global tourist destination, once the Ram temple comes up. The four-lane road from Ayodhya-Sultanpur highway to the airport is already under construction. Meanwhile, hectic preparations are already underway for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony for the Ram temple that will take place on August 5.
The pillars are being painted in bright fluorescent colours while graffiti is adorning the walls of buildings in the holy town. Workers at the famous Ram Babu Lal Tailor Shop are busy stitching new clothes for the idols of Ram and his brothers in the makeshift temple. The family has been stitching clothes for idols since the past four generations.
Time capsule to be placed under Ram temple
July 27 (IANS)
THE Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has said that a time capsule will be placed about 200 feet underground beneath the Ram Temple construction site in Ayodhya. According to Kameshwar Chaupal, a member of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, the capsule will help anyone in the future who wishes to study the history of the temple. “The time capsule will be placed about 200 feet underground at the Ram Temple construction site. In future, anyone who wishes to study about the history of the temple, will get all facts related to Ram Janmabhoomi in the time capsule,” he said.
Kameshwar Chaupal, incidentally, is a Dalit from Bihar who had laid the foundation stone for a Ram temple in Ayodhya on November 9, 1989. Since then, the 64-year-old Chaupal, has been anxiously waiting for the construction of the temple to begin.
Almost nine months after the historic verdict of Supreme Court on the Babri Masjid vs Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the ‘Bhumi pujan’ ceremony to begin the construction of a grand Ram Temple. The Supreme Court had, on November 9 last year, ruled in the favour of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
The court had also directed the Centre to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a ‘prominent’ place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, hectic preparations have begun for the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony that will be performed by laying a 40-kg silver brick at the sanctum sanctorum.
Three-day-long Vedic rituals, beginning August 3, will precede the main ceremony, according to the members of the Trust. The entire temple town is being given a makeover with walls being painted in vibrant colours. The ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ ceremony in Ayodhya at the site for the proposed Ram temple on August 5 will be telecast live by public broadcaster Doordarshan.