NEW DELHI: A proposed facelift of Ayodhya alongside construction of the Ram Temple will bring about major landscape and river-front development with a greenfield city spread over 1,200 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 C P 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, told TOI.
The detailed plan for the city, including the existing one covering 875 sq km and the proposed greenfield city, is to be ready in the next six months but its vision and certain features (see graphic) have been identified. The plan aims at leveraging tourism as an engine of growth in a city that has become congested over the years. Kukreja said the master plan of Ayodhya will have a huge focus on retaining the heritage of the city and the plan will be developed around this concept.
“We will see how the city can become the hub of traditional healthcare facilities, Vedic education and other cultural activities,” he added. As per the initial plan, the city will not have regular zoning. The planners 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 of the city, 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. The plan will also include curating tourism experience for heritage and other areas of interest such as public places and events, river-front development of Saryu river and water sports and three developing Parikrama Margs (5,14,84 kosi) with adequate facilities.