Ayodhya to welcome 1 lakh pilgrims per day after January 24 | India News

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NEW DELHI/AYODHYA: Anticipating a huge rush of pilgrims after the Ram temple consecration in Ayodhya, multiple departments of the Centre are in constant touch with the state machinery to facilitate visitors to the holy town. A senior government functionary said more than a lakh pilgrims are expected each day and efforts are on to ensure logistics are in place before the temple is opened to the public on January 24.
Senior officials from the Centre have been visiting Ayodhya frequently and many are camping there to supervise the consecration ceremony and also prepare for the influx of pilgrims. Tour operators and hotels are also having a busy time with a sudden spurt in queries and bookings by devotees. Ayodhya divisional commissioner Gaurav Dayal held a meeting with hotel owners in the city recently and directed them to spruce up rooms for hassle-free stays of visitors, both domestic and foreign.
There are over 100 hotels in Faizabad and Ayodhya, spanning luxury, budget, economy and unrecognised guest houses, besides dharamshalas, homestays and paying guest accommodation. Besides, four government guest houses have a total of 35 rooms. About 50 small guest houses are under construction and will be ready by November, district administration officials said. The Uttar Pradesh government has also issued paying guest certificates to more than 500 property owners.
Meanwhile, real estate body National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco) said it plans to organise a builders’ conference in Ayodhya to tap its commercial and residential opportunities as the holy town. Naredco president G Hari Babu said there were opportunities to set up hotels, resorts and apartments in Ayodhya as the tourist flow would increase in the coming months.

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