With an aim to generate more revenue by providing better facilities to the tourists, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on 9 May 2017 decided to merge the local bodies of two temple towns of Ayodhya-Faizabad and Mathura-Vrindavan. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting of the state government which was chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The cabinet passed Lord Krishna’s town Mathura-Vrindavan as a Nagar Nigam and Ayodhya- Faizabad as a municipal corporation-Nagar Nigam.
After the cabinet meeting, State Energy Minister and Spokesperson Shrikant Sharma and Health Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh, in a joint press conference said that there is a faith of millions of people towards Lord Shri Ram and people from across the country and abroad come here. He said to develop Ayodhya and its surrounding areas the government decided to make it Municipal Corporation.
The formation of the Municipal Corporation will help in developing the infrastructure in these two temple cities and generate employment. To strengthen the infrastructure and to purify the Yamuna and to facilitate local residents and pilgrims, it has been decided to make Mathura and Vrindavan together to form a municipal corporation. Reports suggest that there are already 14 Nagar Nigams in state and after two new more Nagar Nigams total number comes to 16 Nagar Nigam.