January 29, 2024: The Ayodhya Bypass Project in Uttar Pradesh (UP) will boost connectivity and provide an impetus to economic growth in the region, the ministry of commerce and industry has said.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, the Network Planning Group (NPG) under the PM Gati Shakti mission assessed the comprehensive area-based socio-economic impact of the project in its 52nd meeting.
The Ayodhya Bypass Project is a 67.57-km road project that will cover key districts in UP, including Lucknow, Basti and Gonda. The road project will be divided into 35.40 km northern and 32.173 km southern parts.
Ayodhya regional connectivity
“Ayodhya is situated between two economic hubs (Lucknow and Gorakhpur) and major commodities such as leather, engineering goods, building materials, iron and steel, etc., pass through the city. Therefore, the construction of this bypass route will facilitate uninterrupted freight flows and decongest the city,” the ministry said in a statement on January 26.
The bypass is expected to cater to multiple forecasted increases in passenger and freight vehicle movement (from 89,023 in 2023 and 216,928 in 2033) around eight influence areas around Ayodhya.
It will also enable seamless movement of people and goods, and reduce travel time to critical national highways such as NH-27: Lucknow– Ayodhya -Gorakhpur; NH-330A: Raebareli -Ayodhya; NH-330: Sultanpur-Ayodhya-Gonda and NH-135A: Akbarpur -Ayodhya.
This project will enhance multi-modality with integrated infrastructure such as railway stations at the Ayodhya Railway Station, the Sohwal Railway Station, the A N Dev Nagar Railway Station the Ayodhya Cantt Railway Station), and the Ayodhya Airport.
“This project is envisaged to complement and bring synergies along with other proposed projects evaluated in NPG meetings, including (i) Prayagraj – Raibareili Project (Construction of Prayagraj City Bypass (Total length- 64.763 km) in Uttar Pradesh; (ii) Gorakhpur-Siliguri Corridor- Development of project stretch from Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) to Siliguri (West Bengal); (iii) Gorakhpur-Bareilly Corridor- Development of project stretch from Gorakhpur to Rampur,” said the ministry.
Ayodhya’s regional infrastructure significance extends beyond its cultural and historical importance, playing a vital role in the overall development and connectivity of the surrounding areas. The inauguration of the recent international airport in Ayodhya (Maharishi Valmiki International Airport) has marked a significant milestone, providing visitors with a convenient air travel option. This not only boosts tourism but also connects Ayodhya to the national and international transportation grid, fostering economic and cultural exchange.
Ayodhya Railway Station
The Ayodhya Dham Junction Railway Station has undergone redevelopment to meet contemporary standards, ensuring seamless connectivity with major cities across the country. The upgraded station is designed to accommodate 60,000 commuters, a significant increase from its current capacity of 10,000. Enhanced rail infrastructure not only facilitates the movement of passengers but also supports efficient freight transportation, contributing to regional economic development.
Some key features of the renovated railway station include a modern 3-story building equipped with amenities such as lifts, escalators, food plazas, shops catering to religious needs, cloakrooms, childcare rooms, and waiting halls. The building is designed to be accessible to all and boasts an IGBC certification.