UP chief minister Yogi Adityanth is likely to announce the statue during his visit to Ayodhya before Diwali.
The proposed statue will be 151 metres tall and stand on a 50 metre platform on the banks of the Saryu and the UP government has already shortlisted five firms for its construction.
“Tender for the architect and design consultant was floated and shortlisted firms gave a presentation to the chief minister. Some changes were suggested and a fresh presentation will be given after which we shall move for selection of the construction agency,” said a senior official of the UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN). The date for next presentation by the shortlisted firms is yet to be announced.
The official said the statue will be 151 metres tall and the platform will be 50 metres, making the overall height of the structure 201 metres.
The UPRNN had floated a tender for the project ‘Saryu River front development and construction of Shri Ram Statue at Ayodhya UP’ at a cost of Rs 775 crore approximately. After technical evaluation of the bids for for the architecture and designing work, five firms were shortlisted for the work. These firms are from Kochi, Greater Noida, and Lucknow.
The announcement is likely during the Deepawali festivities to be organised the next week when the chief minister is likely to visit Ayodhya. Addressing a meeting in Gorakhpur on October 31, Adityanath had said he will go with good news to Ayodhya.
The first lady of South Korea Kim Jung-sook will also visit India from November 4-7 during which she will be at Ayodhya as chief guest for the Deepotsav event on November 6.
Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya Saturday has refused to commit on a date for Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, saying the matter was being heard by court, but instead, made a case for a Ram statue in the town.
“The issue is sub-judice. Since the matter is in court, we won’t be able to set a date. But yes, who can stop us from coming up with a grand statue of the Lord in Ayodhya? Who can stop us from developing the temple town?” Maurya told media
Saints in Ayodhya have been demanding a statue of Lord Ram similar to that of the recently-inaugurated statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister of free India under Congress Party Nehru Ministry
Mahant Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chavni has said if a statue of Lord Ram similar to that of Sardar Patel is installed in Ayodhya, it will give boost to tourism and development
Mahant Suresh Das of Digambar Akhada said a big statue of Lord Ram will be of benefit for the devotees and the entire area.
Adityanath had recently visited the Sardar Patel statue, which at 182 metres, is the world’s tallest, and was accompanied by some UPRNN officials.
Britain donated more than £1billion to India in the years when it was lavishing a fortune on building the world’s tallest statue, figures show. The colossal bronze memorial – almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York – was immediately condemned by the donors ., as an expensive vanity project when it was unveiled on Wednesday at the cost of 3000 crores Indian Rupees
It is important to note a large number of child deaths occurred at the state-run BRD Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh, India in 2017.
As of 2 September 2017, 1,317 children had died at the hospital in 2017. The 2017 deaths attracted national attention in August, when 325 children died at the hospital after the hospital’s piped oxygen supply ran out.
The number of child deaths in previous years were 5,850 in 2014; 6,917 in 2015; and 6,121 in 2016