100-Metre Ram Statue In Ayodhya To Boost Religious Tourism?

Janie Parker
October 11, 2017

Coming to the latest news, the Yogi Adityanath government has unveiled a plan to set up a 100-metre tall Lord Rama statue in the banks of River Sarayu in Ayodhya.

Media reports said that the state government's plan of putting Ayodhya prominently on the religious tourism map also includes construction of a Ram Katha gallery on the banks of the Saryu river, a multi-purpose auditorium in the Digambar Akhara premises and various public utility services.

The tourism department of the state has presented a proposal in this regard to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik.

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

Afterwards, the Governor Ram Naik and CM Yogi Adityanath would lay the foundation stone of various projects for development in Ayodhya.

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.

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According to a press communique from Governor office, Awasthi had met with the Governor and made a presentation under "Navya Ayodhya" plan.

The Union tourism ministry has sanctioned Rs 133.70 crore for making Ayodhya a tourism hub.

A presentation on the preparations for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya, was given by Awasthi. Thousands of diyas will be lit across Ayodhya and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth will lead a procession through the streets of Ayodhya, better known as Ram's birthplace. The riots also helped the BJP gain national prominence. The artists from Indonesia and Thailand will also stage the Ram Leela there.

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.

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.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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