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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 19:53 IST

Majestic photos of Ayodhya International Airport reflect city's ancient culture

The Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh will be inaugurated on December 30 this year.

Radhika Dhawad
Majestic photos of Ayodhya International Airport reflect city's ancient culture
Majestic photos of Ayodhya International Airport reflect city's ancient culture | Image:Republic
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Serving as a major getaway to the Ram Mandir, the Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh will be inaugurated on December 30 this year. 

The airport, which is currently under construction, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and flights will commence on January 6 next year connecting cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad, to name a few. 

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The vast expanse of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport in Ayodhya

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently stated that initially, Ayodhya had a modest airstrip spanning 178 acres, but now it is being built as a major international airport.

The airport serves as a major getaway to the Ram Mandir for lakhs of devotees

The new terminal building spans around 6,500 square meters and is designed to accommodate 600 peak-hour passengers. Designed to handle a capacity of 10 lakh passengers annually, the cost of the first phase of construction for the airport is estimated to be approximately Rs 350 crore.

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A glimpse of the under-construction airport ahead of the inauguration on Dec 30 

To cater to the rising demand of travellers, IndiGo, on Tuesday, announced direct connectivity between Mumbai and Ayodhya ahead of the Ram Mandir inauguration ceremony. 

Inside the newly built international airport in Ayodhya

The flight operations on the said route will begin on January 15, 2024, and will provide travellers, with direct accessibility to Ayodhya making their journey smoother and shorter. 

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The design draws inspiration from the majestic Ram Mandir

Earlier, IndiGo announced inaugural operations from the airport from Delhi w.e.f. December 30, 2023. Subsequently, commercial operations from Delhi to Ayodhya will commence from January 06, 2024, while flights from Ahmedabad to Ayodhya will start from January 11, 2024. 

The new terminal building spans around 6,500 square meters

The first flight will depart from Mumbai airport for Ayodhya on January 15 at 12:30 p.m. and will arrive in Ayodhya at 14:45 hours.

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Ayodhya Dham Railway Station inauguration

Besides, PM Modi is also scheduled to inaugurate the ‘Ayodhya Dham’ railway station, featuring cutting-edge facilities, on December 30. 

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The airport and the railway station both draw inspiration from the grand Ram Mandir, which is set to be inaugurated on January 22 next year. The iconic structures also reflect the city's rich historic and ancient culture. 

The development of the station is planned to occur in three phases, while the first phase has already been completed ahead of its grand opening. 

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The features of the railway station, meticulously planned by authorities, will outperform even airport facilities in terms of quality and convenience. 

Ayodhya Dham Railway Station has hundreds of facilities available including infant care, a sick room, a tourist information centre, a fire exit, and the country's largest concourse, according to officials. 

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Undoubtedly, the range of facilities available at the Ayodhya Dham Railway Station goes beyond the typical railway station and surpasses even the standards of any state-of-the-art airport. 

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 17:55 IST

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