U.P. CM Adityanath arrives in Agra, to visit Taj Mahal

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  • Mr. Adityanath will stay for half an hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and visit the Shah Jahan park nearby.

Uttar Pradesh : Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit the Taj Mahal on Thursday against the backdrop of various controversial statements made by some BJP leaders and Ministers against the 17th century monument.Over 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the security of Mr. Adityanath, who arrived in Agra early on Thursday.Mr. Adityanath will be the first BJP CM of U.P. to visit the monument of love.

The Chief Minister, who landed in the city’s Kheria Airport, went to Nangla Paima village and visited the rubber check dam. He also visited Kachhpura village.A senior police officer told PTI that more than 14,000 policemen have been deployed across the city for the security of Mr. Adityanath.“The monument is open for tourists and the entry will be allowed as per the routine process. The security has been stepped up,” he said.

According to his programme, Mr. Adityanath will stay for half an hour at the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and visit the Shah Jahan park nearby.The Chief Minister will inspect various places along the way, inside and outside the monument.He will also lay foundation for the development of a tourist pathway from the Taj Mahal to the Agra Fort.He will also run a mega cleanliness campaign along with 500 BJP activists and social workers around the west gate of the Taj Mahal.

The Chief Minister has already declared that the State government will spend ₹370 crore on development plans aimed at promoting tourism in the city of Taj.Along with the visit to the Taj Mahal, Mr. Adityanath will inaugurate various development projects in Agra, according to an official spokesman.“During his tour of Agra.., the Chief Minister will be visiting all the places inside Taj Mahal,” Principal Secretary, Tourism, Awanish Awasthi said on Wednesday.

His decision to visit the Taj Mahal was announced after a series of controversies erupted, beginning with a U.P. Tourism Department booklet not mentioning the monument in its list of development projects in the State.

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