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Rs 156 cr set aside for Taj Mahal projects: UP govt on reports of monument missing from tourism booklet

The new booklet issued by UP Government has no mention of Taj Mahal and instead carried the name of temples from Mathura, Ayodhya and Gorakhpur in the list.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 3, 2017 6:15 am
taj mahal, taj mahal removed from tourism list, taj mahal UP, uttar pradesh tourism, taj mahal tourism, yogi adityanath, yogi adityanath taj mahal, india news, indian express news Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, draws millions of tourists to the country every year.

The Uttar Pradesh government in a press release on Monday said that it has proposed a slew of tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore, around half of which is meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas. The latest release came amid media reports that the historic monument had been dropped from the list of tourist destinations published by the state government. The new booklet issued by the UP government has no mention of Taj Mahal and instead carries the name of temples from Mathura, Ayodhya and Gorakhpur in the list.

“Tourism projects worth Rs 370 crore are proposed, under which schemes worth Rs 156 crore are meant for the Taj Mahal and its surrounding areas in Agra,” the release read. The proposal for the projects have been prepared in consultation with the World Bank and submitted to the Union government for approval, which is expected within the next three months, the release read.

Speaking on the inclusion in the booklet, Avanish Awasthi, Director General, Department of Tourism of UP Govt, told The Indian Express that the booklet just included a few of the projects by the state and was in no way a reflection of the complete list of tourism projects.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently criticized the custom of gifting Taj Mahal to foreign dignitaries as it doesn’t represent Indian culture. Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, draws millions of tourists to the country every year.

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    neem
    Oct 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Read Mr.P.N.Oak's interesting set of proof that show a completely different story of Tajmahal. What pseudo liberals scientists and researchers say about Mr.Oak's findings?Let the government at the centre and UP state release all the documents relating to prove Tajmahal is built by Shahjahan and must disclose what was standing there in that land where the Tajmahal is standing today. The beauty of Tajmahal is not the point of debate.
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      Vasu
      Oct 5, 2017 at 3:20 am
      Come on dudes..dropping the Taj Mahal from the list is one thing. But there is the hidden truth that it was not even built by Shah Jehan for his 14th or 140th wife. He converted a Hindu temple into this so called monument. All the historical travellers during that period didn't mention that as being constructed by this guy. So it is wrong from the beginning.
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        Shivendra
        Oct 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm
        This is what happens when jihadists, yogis and stinking saffron clad babes start running the administration. They are all the same. Elections this year would hopefully prompt the yogi to revise his communal tactics.
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          Oct 4, 2017 at 2:10 am
          This is not anything new. Only difference is when CONGRESS PARTY neglects Hindu heritage no media outlets even dare mention it. During a flight in Air India from Singapore to Chennai, I read a government brochure in the plane on the ancient city of Madurai as a route for Arabs to trade, as a head of Catholic church of south India but with absolutely no mention of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple. It was evident that Congress Party did not want to mention or promote Madurai as the seat of Pandyas, Cholas or the great south Indian architecture or as the place of Sangam literature. Now, everyone is in a fit. -----------Taj Mahal is a cliché now. And everyone associates it with India anyway. Why not promote other places.
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            Kamal Pasha
            Oct 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm
            Taj Mahal don't need any adverti t. Tourist are coming to see Taj Mahal and Yoghi want to see them Temples.
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