- UP Tourism Department releases brochure on important sites
- Taj Mahal blacked out of list, government says "not neglecting it"
- Chief Minister Adityanath earlier said Taj doesn't reflect Indian culture
A new booklet released by the Uttar Pradesh government to mark six months of Yogi Adityanath and the BJP winning charge of India's most-populous state makes no mention of the white marble stunner. The brochure was released by Tourism Minister Rita Bahuguna. It catalogues important tourist destinations including the temple in Gorakhpur of which the Chief Minister is the main priest, as well as plans for new attractions including a tour of monuments and locations central to the Ramayana.
"There has been some miscommunication which has undermined the Taj Mahal," said UP minister Sidharth Nath Singh. To illustrate that the state government recognises its value, he said, "We are even thinking of construct an international airport at Agra for the convenience of passengers."
The state tourism department has said that the Taj Mahal is not being neglected or marginalised. "The booklet was released only for the purposes of a press conference and is not a guide to UP's tourism spots. It mentions new and upcoming projects of the UP tourism department, and new focus areas. There are many ongoing projects of the UP tourism at the Taj Mahal -- a parking project, a Taj Agra fort linkage project and a development project, among others," said Avanish Awasthi, a senior official of the UP Tourism Department.