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Ayodhya gets Rs 300 crore in UP budget

LUCKNOW: Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Ayodhya on Thursday got a vital share within the Uttar Pradesh funds, together with Rs 200 crore for an airport and Rs 101 crore for the development of tourist spots within the town.

As a part of its focus on development and beautification of spiritual places within the state, the UP government has selected Ayodhya, Varanasi, Mathura and Allahabad while earmarking finances in the yearly funds for 2019-20.

The allocation for Ayodhya comes amid pressure at the BJP-led government on the Centre and within the state over the development of a Ram temple on the disputed website within the town, as the Lok Sabha elections close to.

In his Budget speech within the state assembly, Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal stated Shri Kashi Vishwanath Special Area Development Board has been set up to ensure implementation of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Mandir Expansion Scheme in Varanasi.

He stated Rs 207 crore has been pegged for the expansion and beautification of the street from the Ganga financial institution to Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.

A budgetary provision of Rs 16 crore has been made to set up a Vaidik Vigyan Kendra in Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya within the town and Rs 27 crore has been set aside for built-in development of primary tourist places in Garh Mukteshwar..

While Rs eight.38 crore has been proposed to get an auditorium built between Mathura-Vridavan, a provision of Rs five crore has been made for development of boundary partitions around public Ramlila grounds.

A provision of Rs 1 crore has been made to enhance Vrindavan Shodh Sansthan and Rs 125 crore allotted for infrastructural amenities in Uttar Pradesh Brij Tirtha.

The minister sad Rs 70 crore has been marked for implementation of Tourism Policy-2018 and every other Rs 50 crore for pro-poor tourism.

It is proposed within the Budget to enhance Lahartara Talab, Kabir Sthal and Seergovardhanpur, the birth place of Guru Ravidas, in Varanasi.

It is also proposed to increase Rishi Bhardwaj Ashram and Shringverpur Dham in Allahabad.

Moreover, additionally it is proposed to ensure development of Vindhyachal and Naimisharanya; Sarnath, Shravasti, Kushinagar, Kapilvastu, Kaushambi and Sankisa beneath Buddhist Circuit; Shakumbhari Devi and Shukratal; Tulsi Peeth in Rajapur, Chitrakoot; Maharaja Suheldeo website and Chittaura Lake in Bahraich; and Bijli Pasi Qila in Lucknow.

Of general Rs 1,000 crore allotted for development, expansion and strengthening of airstrips in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 800 crore were proposed to obtain land for the Jewar airport.

An allocation of Rs 150 crore has additionally been made for providing air services and products beneath the UP Civil Aviation Promotion Policy-2017 and the Regional Connectivity Scheme.

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