Ayodhya railway station gets a makeover
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the redeveloped Ayodhya railway station on Saturday, December 30, 2023, as part of his visit to the holy city. The railway station has been transformed into a world-class facility with modern amenities and a grand facade inspired by the Ram templeThe station has been built at a cost of Rs 104 crore and has a capacity to handle 1,200 passengers at a time.
The PM said that the railway station is a symbol of the new Ayodhya, which is being developed as a global spiritual and cultural hub. He said that the station will provide a comfortable and convenient travel experience to the pilgrims and tourists who visit the city. He also praised the Indian Railways for completing the project in a record time of 18 months despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
PM flags off eight trains to Ayodhya
The PM also flagged off eight new trains from different parts of the country to Ayodhya, connecting the Ram Janmabhoomi with various regions and culturesThe trains are: Ahmedabad-Ayodhya Express, Jaipur-Ayodhya Express, Howrah-Ayodhya Express, Delhi-Ayodhya Express, Mumbai-Ayodhya Express, Chennai-Ayodhya Express, Secunderabad-Ayodhya Express and Rameswaram-Ayodhya Express.
The PM said that these trains will not only facilitate the movement of devotees and tourists, but also promote the cultural and economic integration of the country. He said that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram, who is revered by people across the world. He said that the trains will enable people to experience the rich heritage and diversity of India, and also spread the message of peace and harmony.
PM visits Ram temple, performs bhoomi pujan for university
The PM also visited the Ram temple site, where he offered prayers and performed the bhoomi pujan for the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Vishwavidyalaya. The university will be established on a 100-acre land near the temple, and will offer courses in Vedic studies, Sanskrit, Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy and other disciplines.
The PM said that the university will be a centre of excellence for the study and research of the ancient Indian knowledge systems and values. He said that the university will also contribute to the development of Ayodhya as a global destination for spirituality, culture and education.
The PM also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several other development projects in Ayodhya, worth over Rs 1,500 crore. These include a four-lane flyover, a bus station, a tourist facilitation centre, a digital museum, a heritage walk, a cruise terminal, a solar power plant and a sewage treatment plant.
The PM said that his government is committed to the holistic development of Ayodhya, and making it a model city for the world. He said that Ayodhya is not just a city, but a symbol of India’s faith, culture and identity. He said that Ayodhya is the pride of India, and the government will ensure that it gets the respect and recognition it deserves.