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

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Yogi Adityanath government has proposed to build a Lord Ram's "grand statue" in Ayodhya, latest reports say.

The plan also comprises of a Ram Katha gallery on the banks of the river, a multi-purpose auditorium in the Digambar Akhara premises and various public utility services. This proposal was Governor Ram Naik as part of the state tourism department's initiatives to promote religious tourism.

The communique added that the statue would be built at Saryughat after getting clearance from the National Green Tribunal.

According to a press communique released from Raj Bhavan, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Awanish Kumar Awasthi made the presentation.

Awasthi however told the Express that the statue was a "concept proposal" and that the letter seeking clearance from the NGT was yet to be sent.

The Union tourism ministry has sanctioned Rs 133.70 crore for making Ayodhya a tourism hub. The presentation also comprised of information on programmes that were scheduled for Diwali celebrations in Ayodhya on October 18. UP Governor Ram Naik will also attend, as will union Tourism Minister KJ Alphonse and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma."Ayodhya has its importance, we can not neglect that".

Prominent building and ghats will also be illuminated to attract tourists.

A heritage walk, a yatra reminiscing return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya, and launch of several schemes by chief minister and other dignitaries will be part of the programme, the officer said.

During the programme, Ramlila will be staged by artists from Indonesia and Thailand.

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. It will be among the tallest statues in the world-the record is held by the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, which stands 153m in height, though the proposed Shivaji Maharaj memorial off Mumbai could take the crown by a few metres.

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