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Tourism Minister Sharma pays a surprise visit to Taj Mahal

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Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma paid a surprise visit to the Taj Mahal on Tuesday evening on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directives. Union minister of state for Human Resource Development Ram Shankar Katheria and local tourism industry leaders accompanied Sharma.

After the visit, Sharma said that the Taj needed an effective strategy to control crowds and eliminate touts and a better ticketing mechanism.The minister also conferred with the Archaeological Survey of India and the department of tourism on options to green the Taj Corridor between the Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.

Presently, the over 80 acres of the Yamuna riverbed that forms this corridor is nothing more than an ugly garbage dump. He was also not very happy with the dirt and garbage piled up at several places nor did he appear pleased with the drinking water arrangements and toilet facilities.

The Supreme Court had had already ordered the move way back in 2006. But the same has not been undertaken owing to a crunch of resources.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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