In a bid to make inroads in the traditional BJP bastions of Ayodhya and Faizabad, the BSP government is planning to pump in several crores to improve the infrastructure in the twin cities besides renovating temples and historical sites in the area.
"The government has decided to launch development works worth several crores in Ayodhya and Faizabad. The chief minister would lay the foundation stones of these projects soon, probably next month," a senior official said.
The government's scheme of things include an international Ramlila Centre, Buddha Vihar, Shilpgram, Ram Katha Museum and renovation of temples, ghats and ponds in the twin cities, which have been a stronghold of the BJP after the Ram Mandir movement in 1990.
"Initially, more than three dozen projects have been identified, to be executed by various departments like PWD, Urban Development, Culture and Tourism," the official said.
Sources said that the government plans to develop Buddha Vihar at a cost of Rs 50 crore and an international Ramlila Centre at an estimated cost of Rs 22.9 crore.
"Around Rs 2.5 crore has been earmarked for Shilpgram and Rs 1.15 crore to renovate and give a facelift to Tulsi auditorium in Ayodhya," he said.
Under the plan, facelift of Ram ki Pauri, ghats and Mani Parvat is also on the cards. "Development of historical ponds, temples, ghats and ashrams would be undertaken from the tourism point of view," he added.