Ayodhya to get major facelift

A proposed facelift of Ayodhya alongside construction of Ram temple will bring about major landscape and river-front development with a greenfield city across1,200 acres studded with special features and a distinct colour scheme for buildings that will come up as part of the new project.

The plans outlined by Delhi-based CP Kukreja Architects along with LEA Associates South Asia and infrastructure major L&T present an integrated infrastructure plan. “City of Ayodhya has deep significance and sentiments attached with it. We intend to transform Ayodhya into a world class city amplifying its historic and religious values while preserving the tranquillity and spirituality aspect,” Dikshu C Kukreja, managing principal of the architecture firm said.

The detailed plan for the city, including the existing one covering 875 sq km and the greenfield city, is to be ready in the next six months but its vision and certain features have been identified.

The city will not have regular zoning. The planners will refer to case studies of best “experiential” international cities such as Vatican City and Venice, and Indian examples such as Amritsar, Varanasi, Madurai and Tirupati. “There will be a huge focus on heritage assets, which will include retrofitting and redevelopment of the core city area and temple influence zone. There will be special attention to the Shri Ram Mandir area of 108 acres for seamless integration,” the planner said.

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