India’s famous monument, Taj Mahal has taken a beating and dropped from UP tourism booklet. Its participation figures are down. Air pollution is gradually turning its ethereal white marble yellow.
The state’s new chief minister, Yogi Adityanath said in a rally that the monument “does not reflect our Indian culture.” The Taj, the nation’s greatest tourism draw, was not assigned any cultural heritage funds in the budget plan of the state for the coming year.
But recently Adityanath’s administration said that the state, upheld by funds from the World Bank, had given $22 million to the monument new doors, beautification and a multilevel structure. Awanish Awasthi, Principal secretary of yogi adityanath said that, “The Taj Mahal is the seventh wonder of the world. It has dependably been a need for Uttar Pradesh as well as for the whole nation of India and It will always be a key to all our tourism policies but there are some other new projects we needed to include.”
The Taj Mahal was built in the seventeenth century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late spouse, Mumtaz Mahal, and is viewed as one of the finest cases of Indo-Islamic design.
As per the Ministry of Tourism, 480,000 tourists visited the monument in 2015, but a 35 percent drop from the 743,000 tourists who visited there in 2012. Indeed, even with local tourists, the figure dropped by about 113,400 from 2012 to 2015.
Tourism authorities have given various explanations behind the decline, including the economy, absence of framework, and security worries.
Rajiv Saxena, Secretary of the Tourism Guild of Agra said that, “The state government isn’t supporting Agra as a tourist place and the reason is its Mughal monuments. Fund for tourism advancement has not been reported. Their emphasis is on religious tourism. The Adityanath government has concentrated on advancing spots, for example, the old city of Varanasi, a site for Hindu explorers, and Gorakhpur.