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Union culture minister to visit Agra on April 8


With the union culture and tourism minster Mahesh Sharma set to visit Agra on April 8, tourism industry leaders have prepared a list of demands to increase tourist footfall at the city.

The demands include Mumbai choupati-like tourist spot at Yamuna bank near Taj, early start of night viewing of Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh and regular flights from Agra to various metro cities, reports Times of India.

This will be the second visit of tourism minister to Agra, especially the Taj mahal, in the last one and half months. Earlier, the minister conducted a surprise inspection of the Taj on February 24 to see the prevailing scenario and facilities available to tourists. The minister had also paid a visit to Taj heritage corridor, spread over 20 hectares of land and just a few km from Taj, and passed directions to officials expedite its beautification work.

Sources said minister Sharma’s next visit will also centre on the Taj and improving tourist’s facility there. Tourism industry leaders said in addition to infrastructure projects, the major problem of touts (lapka) culture will be raised in front of Sharma.


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