Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off an Air India Express flight connecting Ayodhya to Kolkata on Wednesday. The event marked a significant development in enhancing air connectivity to Ayodhya, ahead of the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple scheduled for January 22.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister Scindia praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Adityanath, highlighting the remarkable progress and development of Uttar Pradesh. He emphasized the state's role in contributing to India's progress and noted the significant milestone of the Ram temple consecration ceremony.
Adityanath, addressing the gathering via video-conferencing, expressed excitement about the upcoming Ram mandir pran pratishtha ceremony on January 22. He acknowledged the enthusiasm across the country for the event and emphasized the transformative changes in Ayodhya's infrastructure, including the establishment of an airport.
The Chief Minister highlighted Uttar Pradesh's progress in the aviation sector, noting the addition of new airports in the state over the past nine years. He emphasized Ayodhya's growing prominence as a tourist destination and expressed appreciation for the civil aviation ministry's efforts to facilitate the movement of devotees.
Adityanath described Ayodhya as a symbol of India's "Sanatan" faith, and Lord Shri Ram as a representation of religion, wealth, work, and salvation efforts. He expressed gratitude that the temple consecration ceremony was finally happening after a wait of 500 years.
Acknowledging the cooperation between the civil aviation ministry and the state government, Adityanath assured support for future plans to enhance Ayodhya's connectivity, including the availability of land and facilities for air travel.
The flight service connecting Ayodhya and Kolkata is part of the efforts to improve air connectivity to Ayodhya, making it more accessible for devotees and tourists.
(With Agency Inputs)