UP government plans to build 100-meter tall Ram statue in Ayodhya

Yogi Adityanath government proposes to build 100 metre tall Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya

In the midst of a revival of the BJP's politically polarising campaign for constructing a Ram Temple at the site of the Babri Masjid demolition, the Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh is now also working on a proposal to erect a 100-meter-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.

The Ram statue is part of a plan submitted by the state tourism department to promote religious tourism in UP.

The communique stated that the statue will be build at Saryughat after clearance from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

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Noting that Diwali is celebrated to mark the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after winning a war in Lanka, Naik said the state government wants to portray the same scene. The Adityanath government had reportedly sent a detailed project report outlining these proposals for the integrated development of Ayodhya to the Union ministry of tourism and sought funds worth Rs 195.89 crore. The central government has sanctioned Rs 130 crore for this objective, and a "chitra" (image) is being prepared , As Reported By TOI.

The Express reported that according to a press communique issued by Raj Bhavan, the presentation to Governor Naik was made by Awanish Kumar Awasthi, principal secretary, Tourism.

According to the Newspaper, The state government made its presentation before me on Monday", he said."Ayodhya, which is respected to all due to being the land of Lord Rama, has been neglected culturally.

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An aarti ritual would also be held at the new ghat along with a laser show.

The "Deeputsav" will be attended by Mr. Adityanath, Mr. Ram Naik, State Tourism minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J. Alphons, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma and several other leaders, apart from pilgrims and tourists.

Prominent building and ghats will also be illuminated to attract tourists. This also included one on "Navya Ayodhya", under which the grand Ram statue has been proposed.

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Mr. Awasthi said the Tourism Department would also develop the Ram Katha Gallery, fix ghats, especially Guptar Ghat, where Lord Ram is believed to have taken a jal samadhi, develop a statue of Rani Ho, and install security features such as CCTVs.

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