LUCKNOW: Pretty much on the lines of the statues of Sardar Patel in Gujarat and Shivaji Maharaj in Maharashtra, the UP government has proposed to install a 100-metre tall statue of Lord Rama on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.
If official sources are to be believed, the project would be a part of Ayodhya’s redevelopment plan, which has unfolded ahead of Diwali Mahotsava in the temple town.
There is no denying the fact that the proposed Rama statue would be the biggest attraction of the state tourism department’s Ayodhya redevelopment plan called Navya Ayodhya. Director general, UP Tourism, Awanish Awasthi, who outlined the proposal, made a presentation before governor Ram Naik recently.
“Things are yet to be finalised,” he said, adding, “Several modifications may take place. For instance, besides the statue of Lord Rama, more statues like those of Sita may also come up.” Awasthi said the redevelopment plan was ‘only a concept proposal’. Moreover, the approval of the National Green Tribunal would be needed before going ahead with the proposal.
Talking about the Navya Ayodhya project, it also includes a Ram Katha gallery on the banks of the river, a multi-purpose auditorium in the Digambar Akhara premises and various public utility services.
The proposed statue will be a part of the Saryu riverfront development project that includes many activities to beautify an 8-km-long stretch of the river.