The Airports Authority of India, AAI has said that it needs 478.1 acres of land for Phase 1 of Ayodhya Airport, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The state government has informed that they have spent Rs 525.92 crore to acquire the land so far, adding that the requirement is based on the assessment of the existing Ayodhya airport by the multi-disciplinary team of AAI, which in December last year Had visited the city. .
Puri said that with the expected increase in passenger traffic in Ayodhya the airport can be studied extensively, so the airport can handle a wide range of airplanes. The airport is suitable for development in two phases. The completion of the project depends on factors such as land acquisition, clearance, financial closure.
Last week, Mr. Puri gave his “full support” for all airport-related development works in an e-meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
It is targeted that the Ayodhya Ram temple, whose ground ceremony was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 5 August, could be completed by 2024.
Ayodhya is likely to be elevated as an international religious site, and the Yogi Adityanath government plans to generate employment by building supporting infrastructure, including upgrading new railway stations and national highways.
Despite dominating politics in North India for decades, Ayodhya was a small town. So far, it is an airstrip for use by VIPs.