Yogi Adityanath government has proposed building a big statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in the temple town of Ayodhya, not far from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi – Babri Masjid site. Sources said the height of the statue will be imposing, but refused to confirm reports that it could be a 100 meters tall according to the NDTV
State government officials said it is part of a plan to boost religious tourism in Uttar Pradesh, a key focus area for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath since he took over seven months ago after his party, the BJP swept the UP assembly elections.
“Yes, there is a proposal for a Ram statue in Ayodhya. It is at a conceptual stage right now, there are many other proposals for different tourist destinations across Uttar Pradesh and this is one of them. If you go to Bali in Indonesia, you will find many such statues around and our idea is to give a boost to tourism in the area,” said Avanish Awasthi, the government officer-in-charge of tourism in Uttar Pradesh
Next week, the chief minister heads to Ayodhya with all his ministers to celebrate Diwali. UP Governor Ram Naik will also attend, as will union Tourism Minister KJ Alphonse and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.