In a race against time, the Indian Railways is endeavoring to finalize the comprehensive redevelopment of Ayodhya railway station, setting the ambitious deadline for completion to be no later than January 15. This deadline is a mere week preceding the momentous installation of the idol of Lord Ram, known as Ram Lalla, at the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.
The design of this railway station bears inspiration from the architectural splendor of the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi temple. It is projected to handle a daily influx of approximately 50,000 travelers, and the infrastructure has been meticulously crafted to efficiently accommodate this substantial foot traffic.
Railway officials have disclosed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is anticipated to officiate the inauguration of this reimagined railway station on January 22, coinciding with the “pran pratistha” ceremony of the deity Lord Ram within the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.
This extensive transformation of Ayodhya’s railway station is being executed with a substantial investment of Rs 241 crore. The rejuvenated station promises to feature contemporary passenger amenities, encompassing shopping arcades, gastronomic venues, recreational spaces, and dedicated parking areas.
The architectural blueprint outlines a two-story edifice in addition to the ground floor, encompassing a total area of 3,645 square meters. The railway platforms are poised for enhancement, and two expansive foot over-bridges, each measuring 6 meters in width, are planned for the convenience of commuters. The station’s layout design incorporates an expansive circulation zone.
To further enhance traveler comfort, an additional front porch will be implemented over the drop-off area, providing shelter from inclement weather conditions. Notably, this structure will boast certification as an environmentally friendly station, and it will offer distinct embarkation and disembarkation zones for travelers.
Furthermore, the station is slated to introduce a capacious air concourse above platforms 4/5, facilitating an all-encompassing cluster of passenger amenities, including retail spaces, dining facilities, and recreational zones. Travelers can anticipate the convenience of 12 elevators, 14 escalators, shops catering to religious rituals, cloakrooms, medical facilities, and nurseries. Ample waiting areas will be available on both the ground and first floors, ensuring passenger comfort and convenience.
As part of the architectural design, a mezzanine floor has been earmarked for retiring rooms, offering 30 beds, as well as dormitories for ladies, accommodating 30 beds, and separate dormitories for gentlemen with a total of 44 beds.
This extensive endeavor by the Indian Railways serves as a testament to the commitment to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure, aligning with the momentous occasion of the Ram temple’s inauguration, a cherished cultural milestone in the city of Ayodhya.