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With Adequate Security, Tourists Can Increase From 40,000 To 2.5 Lakh, Says Yogi After Visiting Taj Mahal

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| October 26 , 2017 , 17:56 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrived in Agra on Thursday morning to visit the iconic Taj Mahal after it was perceived to have been slighted by the UP government.

Initiating a cleanliness campaign around the west gate of the Taj Mahal along with social workers and 500 BJP activists, CM Yogi visited the graves of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal and the Shah Jahan park. He laid the foundation for the development of a Taj Mahal to Agra Fort tourist pathway and inaugurated several Agra-based development projects.

Speaking on the occasion, Yogi said that if provided adequate security, the number of tourists visiting the Taj can increase multifold. 

"Everyday 40,000-50,000 tourists come to Agra, if we can provide them adequate security, the number will rise to 2.5 Lakh - 3 Lakh," said the UP CM.

One of the seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal was conspicuously missing from the UP state tourism booklet, and was then termed as a "blot on Indian history" by BJP MLA Sangeet Som resulting in outrage from the public and controversies.

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In an attempt at damage control, CM Yogi Adityanath called the Taj Mahal the "pride of India" and a "world class monument", while addressing a rally in Gorakhpur and also scheduled his very first visit to the monument. The CM also sanctioned Rs 370 crore on the behalf of the state government for the development of Agra and promotion of tourism.

So far, the Yogi Adityanath-led government has focused on developing 'religious tourism' in the state, and has announced various measures to develop tourism in Ayodhya.

Yogi will be the first BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to visit the Taj Mahal.