Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a virtual meeting to review the Ram Temple development plan, with the avowed aim of showcasing Ayodhya as "a spiritual centre, global tourism hub and sustainable smart city."
Sources said a decision was taken in the meeting that the trust need not buy land for various projects, but merely identify the tracts and let the State Government acquire them.
A statement issued by the PMO after the review meeting said Modi was briefed on proposed infrastructure projects which seek to improve Ayodhya’s connectivity through construction of an airport, expansion of railways stations, better roads and highways and a tourist facilitation centre.
Those in attendance were Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his two Deputy CMs -- Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma -- and other ministers involved in the Ayodhya Project.
The meeting was also convened to dispel the negative perception about the Temple trust going on a land buying spree in Ayodhya since March, purchasing plots at exorbitant prices, including a government land sold to it by the nephew of the BJP mayor.
The way Lord Ram had the ability to bring people together, the development works of Ayodhya should be guided by a spirit of healthy public participation, especially harnessing of the skills of youngsters for development of the city. He said the coming generations should feel the impulse to visit Ayodhya at least once in their lifetime.
The PMO statement said the meeting discussed a world-class museum in the upcoming Greenfield township, which should include lodging facilities for devotees, space for ashrams and maths, hotels and bhavans of various states.
"Special attention is being devoted to the development of infrastructure around the Saryu river and its ghats. A cruise operation on the Saryu river will also be made a regular feature. The city will be developed to ensure sustainability with adequate spaces for cyclists and people on foot. Traffic management will also be done in a modern manner using Smart City infrastructure," the statement added.