Longest Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya to be developed as National Highway | India News


NEW DELHI: The 84 Kosi Parikrama Marg of Ayodhya, which is of huge significance to the devotees of Lord Ram, will be developed as a National Highway. Sources said developing the 275-km Parikrama Marg to a two-lane NH could cost around Rs 3,000 crore, but the Centre will take a final call on whether to make it a 2-lane or 4-lane NH.

On Wednesday, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted that his ministry has issued a draft notification to declare the road as an NH. In March 2017, the ministry had given in-principle approval to develop it as an NH it’s mythological and religious importance.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed the decision and said this will help rejuvenate the ancient glory of Ayodhya and this will be a big boost for religious tourism. The development master plan for Ayodhya, which is now in works, has also identified the development of the Parikrama Marg as a key component. Sources said the Centre would try to complete the widening of the road in the next two years when the Ram temple is opened to devotees.
Tourists from the country and abroad will be able to do 84 kosi parikrama in Ayodhya through the revamped road. The eighty-four Kosi Parikrama Marg passes through five districts, including Ayodhya, Ambedkar Nagar, Barabanki and Gonda. Currently, the condition of the Marg is not in good condition. Those doing the parikrama need to cross the river by boat.
Sources said the new plan will also incorporate a traffic plan covering these religious places for convenience of devotees.


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