Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Yogi Adityanath govt proposes 'grand statue' of Ram at Ayodhya river banks

Yogi Adityanath govt proposes 'grand statue' of Ram at Ayodhya river banks

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is considering building 100-metre statue of Lord Rama in Ayodhya.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Tuesday strongly opposed to the Uttar Pradesh government's proposal to build a grand statue of Lord Ram on the bank of Saryu river in Ayodhya. The state tourism department has already made a presentation to governor Ram Naik in this regard.

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

"On receipt of clearance by the National Green Tribunal, a grand statue of Lord Sri Ram will be constructed on the banks of the Saryu", an official statement from the Governor's office said.

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.

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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.

On the programme list for October 18, the Express said, are: a Deepotsav programme where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit at Ram ki Paidi, about 2 km from the disputed Babri Masjid site; a heritage walk through Ayodhya; a Shobha Yatra to showcase the arrival of Lord Ram to Ayodhya and a symbolic "rajyabhishek" (coronation). The central government has sanctioned Rs 130 crore for this goal, and a "chitra" (image) is being prepared , As Reported By TOI. Governor Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma will be present on the occasion.

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.

An aarti ritual would also be held at the new ghat along with a laser show. During the program, Ramlila will be staged by artists from Indonesia and Thailand. A Ram Katha gallery, an auditorium in Digambar Akhada are also part government's plan.

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