‘Government paid Rs 1,253 cr to residents affected by Ayodhya Dham development’

The statement came soon after Samajwadi Party’s Awadhesh Prasad wrested the coveted Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, in which Ayodhya falls, from two time-serving MP Lallu Singh of the BJP. Photo: ANI

A total of Rs 1,253.06 crore was paid as compensation to the residents affected by the various construction works for the Ayodhya Dham development, the district administration said on Tuesday, apparently in defiance of claims that there was dissatisfaction among the affected people over the issue .

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ayodhya District Magistrate Nitish Kumar said the beautification and widening of several important roads and paths had been done through collaboration with the shopkeepers, building owners and land owners on both sides of the road to improve traffic and movement facilities in improve the city. Ayodhya modern and smooth.

It said the affected people have been rehabilitated as per rules and provided ex-gratia (‘anugraha dhanrashi’) amount and compensation

He said 4,616 shopkeepers were affected due to beautification and widening of Rampath, Bhaktipath, Ram Janmabhoomi Path and Panchkosi and Chaudahkosi Parikrama Marg.

Of these, 4,215 retailers/traders whose stores were “partially affected by the expansion received an ex-gratia amount per retailer (based on the size of the partially demolished store)” as their businesses were affected for a period of time.

In addition, extensive beautification of their shops was also carried out by the administration and all these shopkeepers are running their respective businesses/shops at the same place/shop and at present their business has become much bigger and is running smoothly, the statement said.

During the beautification/widening of the aforementioned roads, a total of 401 shopkeepers were completely relocated, of which 339 shopkeepers were allocated shops by the government.

As their business was affected for some time due to relocation, an ex-gratia amount ranging from Rs 1 lakh to 10 lakh per shopkeeper (depending on the size of the shop removed) was deposited into their accounts separately.

A total of 79 families have been completely relocated and settled due to the beautification/widening of the roads/paths.

The statement came soon after Samajwadi Party’s Awadhesh Prasad wrested the coveted Faizabad Lok Sabha seat, in which Ayodhya falls, from two time-serving MP Lallu Singh of the BJP.

Awadhesh Prasad had defeated Lallu Singh by a margin of 54,567 votes.

After the defeat, a section of people alleged that the development and beautification of the temple town had caused hardships to the locals and this was one of the factors in the BJP’s defeat.

SP district chief Parasnath Yadav had complained that houses were being demolished to widen roads. “People in the land of Lord Ram said that they were being wronged and were being driven out of their places,” he had said.

A total of 1,845 land/building owners were affected by these works, to whom, as per rules, an amount of Rs 300.67 crore has been provided in their accounts as compensation and ex-gratia amount, the district administration said.

Similarly, for the construction of the newly built Maharishi Valmiki International Airport to facilitate air travel to Ayodhya Dham, all the affected families have been rehabilitated as per rules.

By establishing coordination with the affected land owners, the land acquisition was carried out based on their consent, with a total payment of Rs 952.39 crore made into the accounts of land owners/building owners, the statement said.

Ram Janmabhoomi Path, Bhakti Path, Ram Path, Panch Kosi Parikrama Marg, Chaudah Kosi Parikrama Marg and Ayodhya airport were some of the development works carried out there ahead of the consecration ceremony of the Ram temple on January 22.

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First print: June 12, 2024 | 12:02 pm IST