The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to name the upcoming airport in Ayodhya, the Maryada Purshottam Shriram Airport.
A state government statement said the Cabinet, led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath, approved the airport’s name and decided to submit the proposal to the civil aviation ministry. The land acquisition process for the airport in Ayodhya is currently underway. The Uttar Pradesh government is engaged in Ayodhya’s development and its promotion as a global religious tourism site. The government is also hiring an international consultant for the overall development of Ayodhya—infrastructure, conservation, tourism, etc.
The naming of the Ayodhya airport was among the 21 different proposals that the UP Cabinet approved on Tuesday, including the ordinance Uttar Pradesh Vidhi Viruddh Dharm Samparivartan Pratishedh Adhyadesh 2020 (UP prohibition of unlawful religious conversion ordinance 2020). The government has introduced the law to check illegal religious conversion using force, coercion, enticement, deceit, fraudulence, or marriage.
After the Cabinet decision on Ayodhya airport, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya tweeted in Hindi: Yogi UP government’s cabinet has approved the naming of Ayodhya airport as Maryada Purshotam Shriram Airport. Your state government is committed to positioning Shriram Lala’s city Ayodhya among the top religious places in the world.”