Tourists visiting Lucknow will soon be able to gather information about the various historical monuments located here through a new mobile application called ‘My Lucknow My Pride.’
With an aim to make the tourists’ trip to the city a pleasant one, the district administration and Hussainabad & Allied Trust (HAT) have decided to launch the app by December. The announcement in this regard was made on the occasion of ‘World Tourism Day’ on Sunday.
The app will include various features highlighting famous tourist hotspots, their photos, videos, Facebook and Twitter links, a suggestion and complaint forum. Tourists will also be able to book their tickets as well as guides ahead of their visit to the monuments through this app.
The decision to introduce the mobile app was taken on the basis of the feedback and suggestions given by tourists, said district magistrate Raj Shekhar. Besides the app, the district administration and HAT are taking several steps to boost tourism in the state capital.
To attract tourists in the evening, efforts are on to start a light and sound shows at the monuments that come under the HAT by December 2016. Bada Imambada, Chhota Imambada, picture gallery and allied structures will be made free wi-fi zones within three months.
To address the grievances of tourists, a help desk and grievance/suggestion counter will also be set up at Bada Imambada.
The visitors would also be able to lodge a complaint through the app. On Sunday, district administration officials, HAT representatives and ASI officials inspected the ongoing restoration and renovation work at various heritage monuments and fixed March 31, 2016 as the deadline for completion of the work.
Encroachment near the monuments will be removed gradually and in a phased manner latest by March 2016. Modernised toilets at Bada Imambada, digital ticket counters and CCTVs would also become functional at these monuments by February 2016. As part of a ‘goodwill gesture,’ tourists will be given free entry to the monuments under HAT on the occasion of World Tourism Day from next year. LED lights will replace tubelights and CFLs at all these monuments.
Shekhar said replacing CFL with LED lights inside these monuments will help conserve energy too.