Yogi Govt plans 100-m tall Ram statue on Saryu in Ayodhya

  • Yogi Govt plans 100-m tall Ram statue on Saryu in Ayodhya

Yogi Govt plans 100-m tall Ram statue on Saryu in Ayodhya

Ayodhya, despite being an ancient cultural and religious destination, has faced neglect and now both the state and the Central governments are trying to restore its glory and present it beautifully, Naik said while talking to reporters here.

In May this year, Yogi Adityanath offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple at the disputed Ram Janmbhoomi - Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.

This comes amid a controversy over a recent tourism booklet released by the Uttar Pradesh tourism ministry.

The statue will be built after securing permission from the National Green Tribunal. The 100-metre statue is expected to cost around Rs 195.89 crore.

The cover of the information department's diary published this year, containing the contact details of all government ministers and offices, also has a saffron background, bearing photographs of BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Adityanath.

The statue would be part of the Navya Ayodhya scheme of the Tourism department to develop Ayodhya as a tourist hub.

A presentation on the preparations for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, was given by Awasthi.

An aarti is planned on the banks of the Saryu River on the eve of Diwali and thousands of earthen lamps or diyas will be lit in the town. He said the celebrations on Diwali are meant to promote Ayodhya as a tourist place.

Yes there is a proposal for a Ram statue in Ayodhya.

Although Tourism Principal Secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi's presentation before the UP Governor put the height of the statue at 100 metre, some officials said that the height decision is not final.

The Centre has approved Rs 133.70 crore to the state government for the Ayodhya's redevelopment project.

While the Adityanath government's stated objective behind the installation of the grand Lord Ram statue may be to promote Ayodhya as a religious tourism destination, the obviously political motivations behind the move can not be discounted.

The chief minister also said that an intensive campaign should be conducted to check infiltration of suspicious elements from states sharing borders with Uttar Pradesh.