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By the coach: Business desk
Last Updated: 07 Feb 2024 12:42 IST
The area of the Ram Mandir complex is 70 hectares, the main temple area is 2.7 hectares and the built up area is about 57,400 square feet. (PTI file)
Even though popular food chains do not offer meat products on their menus, Ayodhya is witnessing a boom in business at their outlets.
After the consecration of the Ram temple, Ayodhya is experiencing a surge in visitors as both tourists and locals want to catch a glimpse of Lord Ram. Even though popular food chains like Domino’s and Pizza Hut do not offer meat products on their menus, they are witnessing a boom in business at their Ayodhya outlets.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on the Ayodhya-Lucknow highway has also been allowed to operate in the temple area, but has been asked to serve only vegetarian food.
Because of the holy temple, the city has imposed restrictions on serving alcohol and meat on Panch Kosi Parikrama Marg, a 15-km pilgrimage route around the temple town that includes holy places associated with the Ramayan. However, restaurants wishing to offer non-vegetarian options must operate outside this designated area.
Dinesh Yadav’s branch of Domino’s Pizza, located just a kilometer away from the recently opened Ram Temple, has quickly become a hotspot as the outlet is thronged with customers craving western food.
Being the first Domino’s outlet near the Ram Temple, it has emerged as a major attraction attracting several visitors from all over the country.
in conversation with Money control, Dinesh said, “On the first day itself, I did a business of around Rs.5,000 crore. Construction work is still ongoing. We are not yet able to serve a large number of customers. We are doing well.”
Avadh Kumar Verma, who runs a Pizza Hut outlet in Avadh mall, about 8 kilometers from the Ram temple, expressed his desire to develop his business near the temple.
Verma said that Pizza Hut opened its store three months ago and seeing the crowd near Ram Road, they are exploring the possibility of opening a store in the area. Despite being located outside Panch Kosi Parikrama Marg, the shop currently serves only vegetarian food.
Talking about the restaurants, Vishal Singh, a government official in Ayodhya said, “We have proposals from major food chain stores to open their stores in Ayodhya. We welcome them with open arms, but there is only one restriction, they should not serve non-veg food during panch Kosi. KFC has set up its unit on the Ayodhya-Lucknow highway as we do not include non-vegetarian food here. If he decides to sell only vegetarian food, we are even ready to give space for KFC.”
Meanwhile, the Ayodhya Development Authority has started construction of a food plaza at Chaudhary Charan Singh Ghat, which is expected to open in February. The food court will be a central location for a variety of food stalls.