UP government steps up tourism projects at the Taj city

The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the district officials to speed up the tourism projects in the Taj city, particularly Chief Minister's ambitious Tajganj project meant to develop international standard facilities near the Taj Mahal.

State Director General Tourism Amrit Abhijat, who was visiting the city to review the works, said today that during the first one-and-half year of the Tajganj project, only 33 per cent of the work has been completed. He said the deadline of October 2016 has been set for its completion even as steps were being taken to speed up the progress.

"By next month we will try to complete 40 per cent of the work," he said. He added that an inspection would be carried out to check the quality of the work.

"We have floated an expression of interest for this. Four major companies have shown their interest. We will try and select the company by next week. It will help us improve the quality of the work,'' Mr Abhijat added.

The DG informed that Holipura village has been selected to be developed under the new Rural Tourism Policy.

"The department will spend Rs 1 crore over a year for carrying out different works in the village. If required, the village could be selected for the next year as well," he said.

A discussion on two major upcoming projects, the Mughal museum and the Taj orientation centre was also held. Mr Abhijat said. "The projects are in their initial stages, but the government is very keen to develop them. They will be major attractions aimed at increasing the stay of the tourists in the city."

The DG also mentioned that the department was in talks with the Union ministry of culture to procure artefacts for this museum project. Dance and drama performances, besides audio-visual shows will also be featured to attract more tourists, he added. The project may take three years for completion. "The government has already given green signal to go ahead with the project," the official said.

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