City of the Taj Mahal set for major tourism overhaul
Agra: The tourism profile of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, is all set to change with a line-up of projects that would bring in more revenue and extend basic amenities at its world famous monuments.
The focus of development will now also be on promoting religious and cultural sites, other than historical monuments.
According to Agra's Divisional Commissioner Amrit Abhijat, "an integrated plan to broad-base facilities and promote lesser known monuments and cultural sites" would be implemented in phases.
A meeting of the district authorities and representatives of various tourism and travel organisations in the city March 31 focused on the areas that need to be given priority in the development plan for India's most sought after tourism destination.
A scientifically planned traffic management system will receive priority as there have been a flood of complaints from tourists caught in jams for hours, an official said.
A new MG Road-II has been developed to ease the pressure on the existing MG Road,the lifeline of the city.
"The alternative route to divert tourist traffic back to Delhi is ready for opening shortly," District Magistrate Ajay Chauhan said.
According to Municipal Commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey, "no parking zone is being developed on the crucial stretch of MG Road from the Civil Courts crossing to the main Hari Parbat crossing.
The meeting was informed that the project to promote the Agra Heritage Walk is ready with support from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
The Heritage Walk includes a stretch of walkway connecting the agricultural field, the river bank, the Mughal aqueduct and the Humayun mosque.