Before the inauguration of the Shri Ram Temple in January 2024, there is something great that is going to happen in alignment with the same. Yes, you would take a flight and reach Ayodhya, right? So, for the same purpose, the central government has decided to expand the airport by almost five times. Interestingly, flights will function from the new Ayodhya airport from December 2023 onwards.
The proposed airport’s blueprint has been accessed by media outlets. The new airport has a terminal building in an area of 6250 sq.m. that can manage 500 passengers during prime hours. It has a runway of 2,200 meters and the ability to park four aircraft.
The proposed phase 2 of the project will be much more significant. It will include a new terminal building with an area of 30,000 sq.m, which will be capable of suiting a total of 3,200 passengers during peak hours. Phase 2 will also see a runway elongation from 2,200 m to 3,125 m and an Apron extension to park eight A-321-type aircraft.
In order to ensure that the passenger traffic is increasing day by day and meets the upcoming demand in the region of Ayodhya, the new airport proposal was considered, according to a Union Civil Aviation Ministry document. “To meet the ever-increasing passenger traffic and demand in this region, it is proposed to construct a new Terminal building, Apron and Runway Extension to cater to the passengers’ convenience in the future growth of Ayodhya Airport. Ayodhya has been regarded as the first one of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Sapt Puris) for Hindus. The Airport will serve as a Gateway for Hindu pilgrims”.
The Prime Minister says that the inauguration of the Sri Ram Temple is expected between January 22-24 next year.
The central government has moved for environmental clearance for Phase 2 of the project recently. The officials of the government of Uttar Pradesh also mentioned that the land is being purchased on a war footing for the new airport and the bigger runway.
The Ayodhya airport will be referred to as the ‘Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport’. Earlier this month, the Ayodhya administration said the runway work of phase 1 of the project was finished and the ATC tower has also been completed and ready. In the first stage, the plan is to initiate flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad, and subsequently from more metros.
Vinod Kumar, Director of Maryada Purushottam Shriram International Airport in a previous interview with a media outlet had shared that the flights will connect Ayodhya with metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. Based on the demand of travelers, more routes will be launched.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Ashok Singhal Foundation in Karsevakpuram will take responsibility for building as many as 290 Shri Ram pillars on the Van Gaman Marg of Lord Ram from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram. Ashok Singhal Foundation will begin the construction project on September 30, 2023.