Yogi Adityanath government reacts to reports about removing Taj Mahal from UP tourism booklet; here’s statement

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Updated: October 02, 2017 8:45 PM

Yogi Adityanath government has issued a statement over media reports of removing Taj Mahal from UP Tourism booklet.

Yogi Adityanath, Taj mahal, UP tourism, uttar pradesh, up tourism booklet, world bankUP CM Yogi Adityanath. (Photo from Twitter)

After some news channels aired reports claiming that CM Yogi Adityanath led UP government has dropped Taj Mahal from the booklet of UP Tourism, the state government has reacted to it to clear the air on the matter. In a series of tweets, UP government said that UP tourism has already proposed a Rs 156 crore plan for development of Taj Mahal and area related to the monument. “The entire proposal has been made after consultations with World Bank,” UP government added in another tweet. Moreover, the UP government said that the proposal has been sent to Centre for approval and acceptance. Here are the tweets posted by official Twitter handle of UP government:-


Earlier in the day, it was reported by many news channels that Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, has been dropped from the list of tourist destinations of Uttar Pradesh. The reports claimed that a new booklet issued by UP Government doesn’t mention Taj Mahal as one of the tourist places.

In the past too, Yogi Adityanath led UP Government had not included Taj Mahal as a part of Uttar Pradesh’s cultural heritage, Hindustan Times had reported. Adityanath government’s first state budget for 2017-2018 had made no mention of Taj Mahal in the special section ‘Hamari Sanskritik Virasat’ (Our Cultural Heritage) incorporated in the finance minister’s 63-page speech.

Recently, Adityanath had said that gifting a replica of Taj Mahaj is not a part of Indian culture, Indian Express had reported. Speaking at an event in Bihar, Adityanath had said, “Earlier, when the head of state would go abroad, he would take something as gift that would represent Indian culture. Similarly, when heads of states from other countries would visit India, they would be given a replica of Taj Mahal or any other minaret that was not in consonance with Indian culture.”

Yogi Adityanath government reacts to reports about removing Taj Mahal in UP tourism booklet; here’s statement

After some news channels aired reports claiming that CM Yogi Adityanath led UP government has dropped Taj Mahal from the booklet of UP Tourism, the state government has reacted to it to clear the air on the matter. In a series of tweets, UP government said that UP tourism has already proposed a Rs 156 crore plan for development of Taj Mahal and area related to the monument. “The entire proposal has been made after consultations with World Bank,” UP government added in another tweet. Morever, the UP government said that the proposal has been sent to Centre for approval and acceptance. Here are the tweets posted by official Twitter handle of UP government:-

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”hi” dir=”ltr”>उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार द्वारा <a href=”https://twitter.com/WorldBank?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@WorldBank</a> के सहयोग से संचालित प्रो-पुअर टुरिज्म योजना के तहत 370 करोड़ रुपए की परियोजनाएं प्रस्तावित हैं।</p>&mdash; Government of UP (@UPGovt) <a href=”https://twitter.com/UPGovt/status/914851749965393921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 2, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”hi” dir=”ltr”>इनमें <a href=”https://twitter.com/TajMahal?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TajMahal</a> अथवा ताजमहल क्षेत्र के विकास से जुड़े लगभग 156 करोड़ रुपए के कार्य भी सम्मिलित हैं।</p>&mdash; Government of UP (@UPGovt) <a href=”https://twitter.com/UPGovt/status/914852426435387392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 2, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”hi” dir=”ltr”>समस्त प्रस्ताव वर्ल्ड बैंक से विचार-विमर्श के बाद तैयार किए गए हैं।</p>&mdash; Government of UP (@UPGovt) <a href=”https://twitter.com/UPGovt/status/914852795349557249?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 2, 2017</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”hi” dir=”ltr”>स्वीकृति के लिए यह प्रस्ताव भारत सरकार को प्रेषित हो चुके हैं।</p>&mdash; Government of UP (@UPGovt) <a href=”https://twitter.com/UPGovt/status/914853058466553856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 2, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Earlier in the day, it was reported by many news channels that Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, has been dropped from the list of tourist destinations of Uttar Pradesh. The reports claimed that a new booklet issued by UP Government doesn’t mention Taj Mahal as one of the tourist places.

In the past too, Yogi Adityanath led UP Government had not included Taj Mahal as a part of Uttar Pradesh’s cultural heritage, Hindustan Times had reported. Adityanath government’s first state budget for 2017-2018 had made no mention of Taj Mahal in the special section ‘Hamari Sanskritik Virasat’ (Our Cultural Heritage) incorporated in the finance minister’s 63-page speech.

Recently, Adityanath had said that gifting a replica of Taj Mahaj is not a part of Indian culture, Indian Express had reported. Speaking at an event in Bihar, Adityanath had said, “Earlier, when the head of state would go abroad, he would take something as gift that would represent Indian culture. Similarly, when heads of states from other countries would visit India, they would be given a replica of Taj Mahal or any other minaret that was not in consonance with Indian culture.”

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