Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday proposed a plan of installing 221-metre bronze statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya, state Principal Secretary (Information) Avanish Awasthi told media in Lucknow.
As per the plan, the height of the actual statue would be 151 metres, its overhead umbrella would be 20 metres while the pedestal would be 50 metres and a museum will be established at the pedestal, Awasthi said.
According to the Secretary, five firms have been shortlisted for construction of the statue and had handed over presentations to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday evening.
Uttar Pradesh Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary told media, the decision to construct Ram statue was taken last year, during Diwali celebrations.
Earlier in October, 182 metres tall, the Statue of Unity, made in the memory of country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was unveiled. It is currently the world’s tallest statue and was established at a cost of Rs. 2,989 crore on Narmada river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam.