The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has sanctioned ₹242 crore for the development of a “state-of-the-art” airport in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said. “This airport will hugely benefit visitors and pilgrims,” he added. Around 270 acres of land has been made available by the state government for the first phase of airport development.
A Ram temple is being constructed in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh after the Supreme Court paved the way for it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on August 5 last year performed the “bhoomi pujan” of the temple kick-starting its construction.
“In good news for civil aviation connectivity for Ramjanmsthali Ayodhya, AAI has sanctioned Rs 242 crore for development of the state-of-the-art airport in the holy city. This airport will hugely benefit visitors and pilgrims… Around 270 acres of land has been made available by UP government. ATR72 operations will begin in the first phase. Additional land (558 acres) is being acquired by the state government for further upgradation of the airport for operation of wide body aircraft in phase-2,” Union aviation minister H S Puri tweeted.
While the Ayodhya airport is being built, the Centre is also planning to have seaplane connectivity for the holy city.
The Sagarmala Development Company (SDCL), which comes under the shipping and waterways ministry, had this January issued an expression of interest (EoI) for seaplane services on several routes including Delhi’s Yamuna riverfront and Ayodhya.
The routes under this Sagarmala Seaplane Service may be operated under the government’s subsidized ‘ude desh ka aam nagrik’ (UDAN) scheme.