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Ayodhya sheds do not disturb tag, becomes big draw for hotel industry

By, Lucknow
Feb 09, 2024 08:05 PM IST

The tourism department had signed the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for these hotels with private players at the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors’ Summit held in Lucknow on February 10-12 last year.

From a non-descript pilgrim centre to a boom town for the hotel industry, Ayodhya’s fate and skyline are in for a mega change in the hospitality sector, driven by the inauguration of the Ram temple on January 22 and fuelled by the rush of devotees ever since.

The temple town Ayodhya (Hindustan Times)
The temple town Ayodhya (Hindustan Times)

Witnessing phenomenal transformation, Ayodhya, which has been in global focus, will get a further boost after 4233 crore projects for the construction of at least 142 hotels, including luxury ones, are launched at the groundbreaking ceremony that the Uttar Pradesh government proposes to hold in Lucknow on February 19.

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The tourism department had signed the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for these hotels with private players at the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors’ Summit held in Lucknow on February 10-12 last year.

The hotels to be built in Ayodhya will be of all sizes, ranging from 200-room capacity ones to budget hotels of 20-50 room capacity.

Hindustan Times has a copy of the documents giving details of proposed investments and groups lining up for the same in Ayodhya.

According to the details accessed by HT, Sri RamKripa Hotels Pvt Limited and BEL will build 200-room hotels each in Ayodhya with an investment of 150 crore each.

Sun Infraengineering Pvt Ltd has signed an MoU of 175 crore with the state government for a 150-room hotel project in Ayodhya.

“This figure of 142 hotels (will) scale up by the time the groundbreaking ceremony takes place,” the Uttar Pradesh government’s principal secretary, tourism, Mukesh Meshram said.

Two mega hotels with a capacity of 200 rooms each, 20 hotels with a capacity of 100-175 rooms each, 47 hotels with 50-99 rooms each and 65 hotels with less than 50 rooms each will come up in Ayodhya.

“Big hotels, budget hotels, resorts, permanent tented accommodations, Swiss cottages and ashrams will come up in Ayodhya,” Meshram said.

“Ayodhya’s rapid growth trajectory is not only changing its image of a mofussil town but bringing this temple town into the league of fast-developing cities,” said Vipul Varshney, the architect who has designed the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhya Dham.

“Tata Group’s Indian Hotels Company Ltd is also in talks with the state government for its hotel to come up in Ayodhya,” said a senior official of the state government.

“The state government may sign an MoU with the Tata Group at the groundbreaking ceremony,” the official said.

Some luxury hotels have already started operations in Ayodhya. The Park Inn by the Radisson group is one of them. Clarks Inn Express is another.

Several big hotels have come up in the recent past on the Ayodhya-Lucknow bypass road, offering services like any other luxury hotel in a metropolis like Delhi or Mumbai.

Ayodhya’s fate began changing after the November 9, 2019, judgment of the Supreme Court that paved the way for construction of Ram temple.

This change got further push after Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over bhoomi pujan of Ram Mandir on August 5, 2020. Modi presided over the consecration ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22 this year, marking the grand opening of the Ram temple.

As part of Ayodhya’s development push, the state government has already approved New Ayodhya Township or the Green Field Township spanning 1407 acres on both sides of the Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway.

Described as the most ambitious project of the Yogi Adityanath government, it has been conceptualised to de-congest Ayodhya.

The state government’s housing and urban planning department will execute this project that will be extended by 442 acres in the second phase.

Modi had launched the project during his Ayodhya visit on December 30 when he also inaugurated the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport Ayodhya Dham and the Ayodhya Dham Junction railway station.

AYODHYA HOTEL PROJECTS IN PIPELINE

Total investment: 4233 crore

142 Hotels to come up

(Final figures might do up when groundbreaking ceremony takes place)

PKH Ventures Ltd: 600 crore

Bhardwaj Global Infraventures Limited: 176 crore

Sri Ram Kripa Hotels Pvt Ltd: 155 crore

Bel: 150 crore

Sun Infraengineering Pvt Ltd: 150 crore

Panache Dream World LLP: 140 crore

Gyan Prakash Hotels: 125 crore

The Ayodhya Grand Vaidik Hotel: 125 crore

Source: State tourism dept

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    Pawan Dixit has been a journalist for over a decade. He has extensively covered eastern UP for around five years, covered 2012 UP assembly polls, 2014 Lok Sabha polls while being stationed in Varanasi. Now, in Lucknow, he covers outstation political assignments, reports special cases from district court, high court and state information commission

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