Ram's exile trail to be re-enacted

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/6/2021 11:47:07 PM

NEW DELHI, April 5: On the heels of the grand Ram temple being built in Ayodhya, the Centre has cleared a 210-km long road from the holy town to re-enact the exile trail taken by Lord Ram with Sita and Laxman through the forests of Uttar Pradesh.
Hailed as the Ram Van Gaman Marg, the road will connect Ayodhya with Chitrakoot in the state via Sultanpur, Pratgarh, Jethwara, Sringverpur, Manjhapur and Rajapur, the government sources said.
They said the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will build the road, which will require an approval by the Environment and Forest Ministry to allow its construction through the forests.
Similar Ram Van Gaman Marg are also planned in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
In the first phase of the project in Uttar Pradesh, eight of the selected places falling on Lord Ram's forest route will be developed as tourist destinations at a cost of Rs 137.45 crore. The proposed alighment will pass through three national highways -- NH-28, NH-96 and NH-731A.
Also, a greenfield alignment with a bridge on the river Ganga at Shrinverpur will be undertaken as a part of the project. Nearly 38 km length of the route will be in Chitrakoot district.
Last year, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivran Singh Chouhan had also sought help and guidance for development of a similar route within his state from Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari.
In a recent chat with the media, Gadkari said a detailed project report is being prepared for 4,080 km of the projects with an investment of Rs 35,000 crore under the BharatmalaPariyojana. It will include 121-km long exile path in Madhya Pradesh, covering the famous Sharda Shaktipeeth, a Maihar temple.
Last August, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel had announced to set up a dedicated fund for contributions from the people towards the development of his government's Ram Van Gaman tourist circuit in his state.
Surprisingly, Gadkari is associated with the project, but he has forgotten the main event that took place in Maharashtra as it was at Panchvati in Nashik district that Sita was abducted during Lord Ram's exile.



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