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

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

Its latest idea: a glorious, 100-metre tall statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya on the banks of the Saryu River.

A grand "aarti" of river Saryu will also be performed by the chief minister and the governor and a laser show will be held on the banks of the river.

A proposal to build the statue was presented to Governor Ram Naik as part of the state tourism department's initiatives to promote religious tourism in the state.

The UP government has also sought the approval of the National Green Tribunal for the construction of the project.

The government's slideshow put the height of the statute at 100 m but some officials said that wasn't final.

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When asked about the statue, Awasthi said that this was a "concept proposal" and the letter to NGT seeking clearance was yet to be sent, according to IE. The Union Tourism ministry has sanctioned ₹133.70 crore to make Ayodhya a tourism hub. The Indian Expressreported that the presentation also included information on programmes scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on 18 October.

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.

He said a presentation was made before him in Lucknow regarding the government's plan for the development of Ayodhya in order to promote tourism there. The program is called "Deepotsav", where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at "Ram ki Paidi", about 2 km from the disputed site. A proposal in this regard has been sent to Governnor Ram Naik. Artists from Indonesia and Thailand will also stage Ramlila, the popular drama that enacts the Hindu deity's battle to kill the 10-headed demon king to rescue his wife Sita.

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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