Monday, June 26, 2017

Centre’s approval for Jewar airport will reduce Agra to 'two-hour tourist stopover', say tourism organisations

Agra: Two days after the Centre's approval for an airport at Jewar in the National Capital Region, more than 10 tourism and civil society organisations of Agra has decided to launch a signature campaign against the government's decision saying the move will reduce the district to a "two-hour tourist stopover".
Agra, situated at a distance of around 135 kilometre from Jewar, houses three Unesco world heritage sites and welcomes nearly 60 lakh tourists every year, including several lakh foreigners who come to see the Taj Mahal. The organisations have also decided to stage a protest outside the office of the civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in Delhi. A city-wide bandh of hospitality and tourism-related establishments will also take place on June 30.
Rajiv Tiwari, president of Paryatan Mitra, an organisation working for the welfare of tourists here, said, "We have been fighting for an airport in Agra city for the past three decades. Several promises were made by numerous politicians but nothing was done. When RLD chief Ajit Singh became the civil aviation minister in the UPA government, an airport was promised at Baldev in Mathura. Later, we were also told that an airport is likely to be set up at Firozabad in Saifai but none of these turned into reality."
26/06/17 Times of India