UP Assembly passes resolution to name Ayodhya airport after Lord Ram

Updated on Feb 24, 2021 01:04 PM IST

The proposal for naming the airport as Maryada Purushottam Shriram Airport would be sent to the Union government that would take a final decision

A general view of Ayodhya City.(ANI Photo)
A general view of Ayodhya City.(ANI Photo)
By, Hindustan Times, Lucknow

A day after making an announcement in the state budget (2021-2022) that the upcoming airport in Ayodhya would be named 'Maryada Purushottam Shriram Airport', the state government got a resolution in this regard passed in the state assembly here on Tuesday.

“The Uttar Pradesh assembly resolves to rename the airport situated in the city of Bhagwan Shri Ram as Maryada Purushottam Shriram Airport, Ayodhya,” read the resolution that minister for parliamentary affairs Suresh Khanna moved in the House.

A senior officer of the state government said the proposal for naming the airport would be sent to the union government that would take a final decision in this regard.

In his budget speech in the state assembly on Monday, Suresh Khanna had declared that the Ayodhya airport would be named as Maryada Purushottam Shriram Airport, Ayodhya.

The state government’s resolution pointed out that a magnificent temple of Lord Ram was being built in Ayodhya following the Supreme Court’s decision on November 9, 2019 and the airstrip situated there was being developed as an airport for bigger aircraft.

“Ayodhya is the most ancient religious town situated on the banks of Saryu river. Ayodhya, the birthplace of Shri Ram is among the seven ancient and holy centres for the Hindus. The seven holy cities include Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Kashi, Kanchipuram, Ujjain and Dwarika,” read the resolution.

It read: “Atharvaveda has described Ayodhya as the city of God and compared its prosperity with heaven.” It said according to the Ramayana, Manu had established Ayodhya and the city remained capital of Suryavansh for centuries.

It said Ayodhya was a centre of pilgrimage and primarily a city of temples.

The resolution also listed some ancient temples, including Hanuman Garhi, and said there were some Jain temples too situated there.

It said lakhs of pilgrims visited the town.

According to Puranic beliefs, Suryavanshi/Raghuvanshi kings used to rule Ayodhya where Lord Rama was born.

Freed 67,000 hectares of land from mafia: CM

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday said in the Vidhan Parishad that the anti-land mafia task force set up by his government had so far freed 67,000 hectares (ha) of land so far and this land was being used to develop playgrounds and gyms in rural areas.

The CM said his government had a clear policy to develop sports facilities in villages.

Replying to a question, Yogi Adityanath said the state government had formed an anti-land mafia squad in 2017 to free private and public land occupied illegally by anti-social elements. “As much as 67,000 hectares of land has been freed so far and sports facilities are being developed there,” he said.

DMs must identify land where land was not available to build playgrounds near schools, he said.

The CM said panchayats had been directed to use State Finance Commission’s funds available to them to build open gyms and playgrounds in villages.

“We are also constituting Yuva Mangal Dals and Mahila Mangal Dals while sports kits are being provided to players to encourage sports in rural areas,” the CM added.

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