Friday, June 30, 2017

Tourism bodies intensify campaign for international airport in Agra

Agra: Tourism organizations of the city on Friday launched a signature campaign from Agra Cantt railway station in support of an international airport in Agra. On the first day of the campaign, they mustered support of 400 people, while their target is 10,000 signs before they can send their request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The signature campaign will be carried out at various places including Taj Mahal and various commercial complexes.
On July 4, a motorcycle rally will be taken out to residence of Agra MP Ramshankar Katheria, who is also president of the local advisory committee constituted by the Airport Authority of India. The organizations have also formed Agra International Airport Sangharsh Samiti and launched a Facebook page. A video of Modi's pre-Lok Sabha elections speech here in 2013 in which he had promised an international airport for Agra has been liked by more than 8,000 people within a day of being posted.
Rajiv Tiwari, who has been made convener of the Samiti, said, "I have stepped down as the member of the AAI's advisory committee, given the fact that the body is toothless and has not been able to implement simple rulings, leave alone big measures like having regular flights from here or an international airport for Agra."
30/06/17 Aditya Devi/Times of India