Ayodhya ready to welcome KFC, But Only with Vegetarian Menu

KFC may be permitted to operate in Ayodhya, a tier-2 city in Uttar Pradesh, but with a condition – it must exclusively offer vegetarian options, eliminating all meat items from its menu, according to officials. The decision follows an influx of visitors to Ayodhya after the consecration of the Ram temple on January 22.

While other chains like Domino’s and Pizza Hut are already operating in the city, they have opted to exclude non-vegetarian items from their menus. Authorities have restricted the sale of meat and liquor within the ‘Panch Kosi Marg,’ a 15 km pilgrimage circuit around the Ram temple.

Mr. Vishal Singh, a government official in Ayodhya, mentioned that big food chain outets are welcome but must adhere to the vegetarian-only condition within the specified area. He added that outets serving non-vegetarian food have set up businesses outside the designated zone. Business for existing pizza outlets like Pizza Hut and Domino’s is reportedly thriving in the area. It is noteworthy that Ayodhya is not the only Indian town with restrictions on non-vegetarian food; Haridwar has a similar ban within its city limits.