“As advised by the Supreme Court in its verdict on November 9, 2019, five acres of land have been allotted for the mosque at a place 18km from Faizabad district HQ,” authorities spokesperson Shrikant Sharma mentioned. “Located at Dhannipur village in Ayodhya’s Sohawal tehsil, the plot is barely 200m from the Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway, which is able to guarantee easy accessibility to a mosque. The proposal has obtained the cupboard’s nod.”
Faizabad district was formally renamed Ayodhya on November 13, 2018, though many individuals proceed to seek advice from it by its outdated title. The adjoining metropolis of Faizabad formally retains its unique title.
UP authorities spokesperson Shrikant Sharma mentioned three choices had been introduced to the state cupboard by district authorities. “The government forwarded a shortlist of plots near highways passing through Ayodhya to the Centre, which picked the one at Dhannipur village on Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway.”
According to the official, the proximity of the plot to a highway and a police station (Raunahi) swung the choice in its favour. “Proximity to the highway means pilgrims can reach the mosque easily. A police station in the vicinity makes it an even better choice since maintaining communal harmony and law and order is also a priority,” he mentioned.
Sources in the federal government mentioned the Hindu litigants demanded that land for the mosque be allotted outdoors the “panchkosi parikarma”, the normal 15km route that devotees take to pay obeisance to Lord Ram in Ayodhya. “Dhannipur made the cut in this respect, too. It is 18km from the Faizabad district headquarters and 25km away from the temple site,” an official mentioned.