Ram statue in Ayodhya to be tallest in the world: UP government

File photo of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 25, 2018, 08.30 AM (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Information) Avanish Awasthi on Saturday said that the state government will install a 221-metre bronze statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. 

Awasthi added that while the statue will be 151 metres tall, the overhead umbrella of the statue will be 20 metres and its the pedestal would be 50 metres, making it a 221-metre statue, the tallest in the world beating the newly inaugurated Statue of Unity in Gujarat. 

The minister informed that a museum would be housed at the pedestal of the statue. As many as five firms have been shortlisted for the construction of the mammoth statue.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the presentation by the construction firms on Saturday.  

On October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity in Gujarat which currently stands as the tallest statue in the world.

At 182-metre, the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stands in Gujarat on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada.

Meanwhile, according to reports, the government of Maharashtra is also planning to install a Shivaji statue in Mumbai which is said to be ready by the year 2021. The statue is reported to be 212 metres tall, surpassing the total height of the Statue of Unity. 

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The UP government said the total height of the statue would be 221 metres — the recently unveiled Statue of Unity is 182 metres high — and would be made of bronze.