Ayodhya's Economic Impact: Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha Investment

The skepticism of left-leaning economists surrounding the Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya is expected to persist until the 2024 general elections. So let's explore the Temple as an Economic Multiplier: The Ayodhya Template.

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The Ram Economy

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha in Ayodhya on January 22, 2024, some social media influencers went crazy criticising and branding India as a non-secular country. Some left-leaning historians and prominent economists from the same lineage argued that India's total debt is not in sync with its GDP growth. Responding to their cynicism and employing a shoot-and-scoot social media strategy would require a lengthy article. However, here are some facts to establish 'How The Ram Temple in Ayodhya' has already brought prosperity to the region, will continue to do so, and consequently contribute to the well-being of the people of Ayodhya. Moreover, it will add value to the total GDP of the state of Uttar Pradesh and contribute to the growth of the Indian economy.

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Revitalising Ayodhya's Economy Through Temple Tourism!

The city of Ayodhya is undergoing a remarkable transformation, positioning itself as a hub for both religious pilgrims and business enthusiasts. With significant infrastructure developments, including a new airport and railway station, Ayodhya is set to become a prime destination for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE). The National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) has already announced plans to hold its general council meeting in Ayodhya, reflecting the growing interest in the city's economic potential.

The Infrastructure Reset in Ayodhya

In a strategic move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Maharishi Valmiki International Airport and the renovated Ayodhya Dham railway station ahead of the 'pran pratistha' of the Ram Temple on 22nd January 2024. Ayodhya is witnessing a comprehensive infrastructure reset, encompassing roads, airports, highways, hotels, and related hospitality facilities. This transformation is geared towards accommodating the influx of millions of pilgrims expected from across India and around the world.

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Unlocking the Economic Potential of Temple Tourism

Ayodhya's potential as an economic multiplier is underscored by the significant economic impact of India's temple economy. A survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation estimates the temple economy to be worth Rs 3.02 lakh crores, contributing 2.32% to the GDP. Pilgrims, who often patronise mid and small-sized hotels, spend an average of Rs 2,717 per day/person on religious travel, creating a substantial economic flow.

Ayodhya's Economic Landscape

Despite being a historically significant city, Ayodhya ranks 39th in terms of District Gross Domestic Product (DGDP) among Uttar Pradesh's 75 districts. However, the construction of the Ram Temple aims to act as a catalyst for economic growth. Ayodhya, strategically located in the "Hindi belt," stands to benefit economically as the temple draws millions to the city.

The Economic Elevator: Can the Ram Temple Drive Ayodhya's Growth?

Comparing Ayodhya's economic standing with districts like Gautam Budh Nagar highlights the need for a rapid ascent. The Ram Temple, deeply entwined with the identity of many Hindus, has the potential to propel Ayodhya's economic development. The focus on capital expenditure, especially in infrastructure projects, aligns with the Keynesian principle, sparking strong economic multipliers.

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Economic Boom on the Horizon for Ayodhya Startups

The recent developments, including the inauguration of the state-of-the-art airport and railway station, indicate a concerted effort to improve connectivity and boost tourism, business activities, and employment opportunities in Ayodhya. The city is preparing for a significant increase in its floating population, requiring urbanisation and expansion similar to the National Capital Region (NCR). New startups and small entrepreneurs will benefit from the increased economic activities in and around the city of Ayodhya.

Investor Interest and Ayodhya's Urban Expansion 

The urgency and interest of investors, hoteliers, and business owners in Ayodhya are evident. Land transactions have surged, with property dealers reporting most available plots being bought out. The stamp and registration department's revenue have witnessed a substantial increase, reflecting the city's growing economic activity. With 73 new hotels in the pipeline and international brands like Radisson entering the market, Ayodhya is poised for a tourism and business boom.

Future Vision and Economic Projections for Ayodhya 

The Master Plan 2031 aims to upgrade Ayodhya's infrastructure with an investment of over Rs 85,000 crore, anticipating a daily footfall of around 3 lakh after the Ram Temple's inauguration. The completion of projects like the Greenfield township and Vashishtha Kunj Residential Scheme will take over a decade. The state government envisions creating four lakh direct jobs and eight lakh indirect jobs in Ayodhya, transforming it into a vibrant economic centre.

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Business Opportunities Beyond Boundaries of Ayodhya 

The Confederation of All India Traders anticipates substantial business opportunities nationwide due to the Ram Temple project, estimating an economic impact surpassing 50,000 crores. The demand for worship-related items, along with the influx of tourists, presents lucrative prospects for various businesses, from retail services to FMCG.

Ayodhya's Economic Renaissance

Ayodhya's economic trajectory is on the cusp of a renaissance, driven by the construction of the Ram Temple and comprehensive infrastructure development. As the city transforms into a cultural and economic hotspot, Ayodhya's journey serves as a compelling template for harnessing the economic potential of temple towns.