Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday inaugurated a crossroads named after legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar to mark her 93rd birthday.
The Prime Minister, in the presence of Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, opened the intersection, ‘Lata Mangeshkar Chauraha’.
The crossing on the banks of Saryu River has been developed at an estimated cost of Rs 7.9 crore, according to officials.
A 40-foot-long and 12-foot-tall veena weighing 14 tons has been installed at the intersection, they said.
Paying tribute to the iconic singer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet: “I remember Lata Didi on her birthday. There is so much that I remember… the countless interactions in which she radiated so much affection. I am happy that today one Chowk in Ayodhya will be named after her, a fitting tribute to one of India’s greatest icons.”
The intersection becomes a major attraction for tourists and music lovers. It is the first place in the country to have such a giant musical instrument installed, officials said.
Satyendra Singh, secretary of the Ayodhya Development Authority, which manages the project, told PTI that Rs 7.9 crore has been spent on the development of the junction, one of Ayodhya’s largest projects.
He said the giant veena was created by Padma Shri winner Ram Sutar, who took two months to make.
“The beautifully designed veena is engraved with an image of Saraswati, the goddess of music,” he added.
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