Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government has proposed to build 100m Lord Ram’s ‘grand statue’ in Ayodhya River Bank, latest reports say. Apart from the statue, other structures of public utility will also be built in the town. The money for these projects has been partly sanctioned by the Central government. 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.
A government communique said that the statue will be built after securing permission from the National Green Tribunal. So far, the proposal has not been to NGT for approval. A Ram Katha gallery, an auditorium in Digambar Akhada are also part government’s plan.
The Ram Temple has been an emotive issue for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the last three decades. The party vowed to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya in its election manifesto during UP elections.
Next week, the chief minister going to Ayodhya with all his ministers to celebrate Diwali festival. UP Governor Ram Naik will also attend, as will union Tourism Minister KJ Alphonse and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.”Ayodhya has its importance, we cannot neglect that. Many Hindus see it as part of their faith. We have planned a unique event on Chhoti Diwali (a day before Diwali) and arrangements are being made,” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said a few weeks ago.
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