PM Modi inaugurates airport, railway station in Ayodhya

PM Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI

Ayodhya/ Uttar Pradesh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the Maharshi Valmiki airport and the redeveloped Ayodhya railway station, from where he flagged off two Amrit Bharat and six Vande Bharat trains, some virtually.

This visit by the prime minister comes weeks ahead of the 'pran pratishtha' or consecration ceremony of the Ram temple here. The temple is currently under construction, with the ceremony to be held on January 22, which will be attended by the prime minister.  

Additionally, he laid the foundation stones of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 15,700 crore. These comprise projects worth about Rs 11,100 crore for the development of the city and its surrounding areas, and those worth about Rs 4,600 crore related to other works in Uttar Pradesh.

After arriving in the temple town earlier in the day, the PM held a roadshow from the airport to the railway station and was greeted by a large number of people who had gathered along its route.

Modi greeted people from his car, and at one point, opened the door of his vehicle to wave back at them. People showered flower petals and raised slogans in his praise. He also witnessed performances by cultural troupes along the route.

In a post on X, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who received Modi at the airport, said, "Hearty welcome and greetings to respected Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji in Shri Ayodhya Dham..."

The inauguration of the airport and the railway station were scheduled after the roadshow. After inaugurating the station, the prime minister took a tour of the facility. He was accompanied by Adityanath, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and others. Modi was briefed by Vaishnaw about the station.

Phase I of the redeveloped station -- Ayodhya Dham Junction Railway Station -- has been completed at a cost of more than Rs 240 crore. The three-storey railway station building is equipped with features such as lifts, escalators, food plazas, shops for puja needs, cloakrooms, child care rooms, and waiting halls.
(With PTI inputs)

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