The incumbent Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, surprised everyone with his new schemes. It somehow appears like Yogi is following the footsteps of demise Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa. CM Yogi has already embedded many new schemes that are transparently helping in uplifting the lifestyle of people.
At the inception, there were various sources that criticized Yogi for being so much rightist and even went forward targeting his Saffron appearance. However, his new thoughts on the schemes for the underprivileged people is quite thought to provoke and must be appreciated.
Coming to the latest news, the Yogi Adityanath government has unveiled a plan to set up a 100-metre tall Lord Rama statue in the banks of River Sarayu in Ayodhya. The grand statue is part of the state tourism department’s plan to showcase “Navya Ayodhya,” which aims to boost religious tourism in UP.
The UP government has also sought the approval of the National Green Tribunal for the construction of the project. The 100-metre statue is expected to cost around Rs 195.89 crore. Prominent building and ghats will also be illuminated to attract tourists. The objective of the entire program will be to promote Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, as a tourist destination.
Not just the statue, the Yogi government is also organizing a grand Diwali this time in Ayodhya by illuminating the town and lighting 1.71 lakh earthen lamps. A “deepotsav” will be organized on ‘Ram Ki Paidi’ where 1.71 lakh earthen lamps will be lit, he said while giving a presentation to governor Ram Naik on Monday.
A grand “aarti” of River Sarayu will also be performed by the chief minister and the governor and a laser show will be held on the banks of the river. During the program, Ramlila will be staged by artists from Indonesia and Thailand. The Union tourism ministry has sanctioned Rs133.70 crores for making Ayodhya a tourism hub.
“On Diwali, a grand programme will be held in Ayodhya in which sadhu-saints will also participate. I will also invite the governor for this,” Adityanath had said recently in Gorakhpur.
In its first budget, the Yogi government had a special mention of Ayodhya, Varanasi, and Mathura, earmarking Rs 1,240 crore for the Ramayan, Buddhist, and Krishna circuits in these cities.