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UP to acquire 28 hectares of land for Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya

Yogi government has identified land on the banks of river Saryu in Ayodhya

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

Ayodhya: People arrive for a rally at Bada Bhaktmal ki Bagiya to attend `Dharam Sabha’, being organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad to push for the construction of the Ram temple, in Ayodhya, Sunday, November 25, 2018. File Photo: PTI

The government will acquire more than 28 hectares of land for a statue of in

At 221 metres, it would be the tallest statue in the world and will exceed the height of the by 38 metres. The Statue of Unity, dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October last year.

“We have identified land for the statue project and forwarded an official intimation in this regard to the tourism department,” district magistrate Anuj Jha told Business Standard, adding the district administration would now act according to directives.

Since the model code of conduct for the ongoing is in force, the process of land acquisition or fixing the rate of compensation for the identified land has not been initiated, he said.

In November 2018, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath had finalised a blueprint for the proposed bronze statue. A statue of Lord Ram, measuring 151 metres in height, would stand atop a pedestal of 50 metres -- which would be under a 20-metre high classical umbrella hood -- thus making the edifice 221 metre high. The design depicts Ram holding a metal bow and an arrow in his left and right arms, respectively.

The project is likely to be modelled on the Statue of Unity, which has incorporated multifarious tourist attractions around the mega structure, thus turning the Narmada district of into a tourism hot spot.

According to the proposal, the pedestal would house a state-of-the-art museum that would narrate Ayodhya's history and its connection with the mythical pantheons, especially Lord Ram, as detailed in

In October 2017, the Yogi Adityanath government had announced that it would build a 100-metre statue of Ram near the banks of Saryu and also solicited funds from both private and public sectors under corporate social responsibility (CSR) for state tourism projects.

The in Gujarat, too, was a recipient of CSR funding from public sector enterprises.

Apart from statue, corporate funds have also been sought for the New project.

Earlier, the state had estimated that the two projects in Ayodhya would cost Rs 1,000 crore. However, since the height of the statue has been more than doubled to 221 metres, the cost is likely to increase. The government would develop a modern township for the New Ayodhya project.

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 17:29 IST