NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Ayodhya will get a statue of Lord Ram which will become a part of its identity.
"There will be a statue of Lord Ram here that would be a tourist attraction and it will become the signpost for Ayodhya. Its particulars will be decided according to the land," Yogi Adityanath said.
"The statue will be placed indoors, inside a temple. It will be another mega project like the Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat," the Chief Minister added.
Concerning the planned temple at the controversial site of Ramjanmabhoomi, he stated,
“'The temple was here and will be here but whatever happens will be within the parameters of the Constitution”.
The UP government had announced its intention to construct a landmark statue of Lord Ram last year, but no development till now. The government still has to acquire the land for the statue, which will be built through partial crowd-funding.
However, the chief minister, who was expected to make an announcement yesterday, at the grand finale of the three-day Diwali festival in Ayodhya, but skipped the issue. Instead, he talked about the development in the temple city.
Yogi also announced various developmental projects including the construction of a medical college in Ayodhya. He revealed that it would be named after Lord Ram's father, in the epic Ramayana, Raja Dashrath.
He added that an airport would be constructed in Ayodhya and will be named after Lord Ram.
Yesterday he announced that the Faizabad district comprises the twin towns of ‘Faizabad’ and ‘Ayodhya’ on the banks of the river Saryu, will be known as ‘Ayodhya’.
The announcement comes days after the Uttar Pradesh government officially renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj.
Earlier the name of Allahabad was in changed to Prayagraj by the UP government. The proposal to change the name was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on October 16.
Recently, the UP government renamed the Mughalsarai Railway station, another historic spot, to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction.