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Agra tourism sector looking forward to CM Yogi Adityanath’s visit

The tourism industry of Agra has welcomed chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to visit Agra on October 26.

lucknow Updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:33 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Agra
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Yogi Adityanath on Yamuna riverfront between Agra Fort and Taj Mahal during his visit to Agra on May 7, 2017.(HT File Photo)

The tourism industry of Agra has welcomed chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s decision to visit Agra on October 26. Trade pundits feel that he can create the much required positive sentiment for tourism while setting aside the controversies damaging this sector.

The chief minister is to visit Agra to review tourism related schemes for Taj Mahal, said district magistrate Gaurav Dayal.

Yogi had visited the city of Taj on May 7 after taking charge as chief minister. He spent the entire day assessing the status of various schemes and had even walked about a kilometre on rough terrain of the river basin to see Yamuna and expressed concern over the paucity of water in the river.

The chief minister came up with some bold decisions to rid Agra and Mathura tourism of tout menace.

“It is a much needed visit and the timing is perfect because the sentiment is low in tourism sector due to controversial statements about Taj Mahal affecting tourism here,” stated Rajeev Saxena, secretary, Tourism Guild of Agra. He highlighted that a day’s visit by a foreign tourist provides employment to 10 to 12 people (including drivers, hoteliers, guides etc.)

“Most of the monuments in northern India are of Mughal origin and it is senseless to go into negative details of the nation’s heritage. Focus should be on the need for airport and tourism promotion in Agra,” added Saxena.

Rajeev Tiwari, president of Travel Federation of Agra, said such controversies (Taj row) could not be linked to Taj, a monument of love.

“Life of 4 to 4.5 lakh people of Agra is dependent on Taj Mahal and this fact should outweigh the questions related to the origin of Taj Mahal. Agra tourism needs positive sentiments after witnessing a fall in the past three years,” urged Tiwari.

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“Politics should be kept away from tourism – an industry in itself. Taj not only finds mention in history books of India but is also mentioned in foreign nations. Thus the question about its history holds no ground. What Agra needs is better infrastructure, water in Yamuna and international airport and not controversies, as seen in recent past,” stated Tiwari.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had declared that he would visit Agra on October 26 and assured to assess schemes for Taj Mahal besides development of river front and corridor between Agra Fort and Taj Mahal.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 15:32 IST

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