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September 20, 2021 at 12:00:00 AM
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Agra: DM orders fuel-powered vehicles won't be allowed within 500 meters of Taj Mahal, locals oppose decision
Agra District Magistrate has passed orders to stop all fuel-powered vehicles 500 meters away from the Taj Mahal. Although this restriction was already in force at the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal. The Tajganj township, adjacent to the Taj Mahal, was largely exempted from the movement of vehicles, and the barrier to stop the vehicle here was installed only about a hundred meters away from the Taj Mahal gate. The primary reason behind this was a large number of budget hotels and restaurants for tourists in the Tajganj area. Three-wheeler auto was the most convenient means till now to reach the hotels built here, but now after the ban on all petrol-diesel driven vehicles, along with tourist vehicles, people living in Tajganj and visiting these hotels are facing difficulties. In view of this inconvenience being faced by the residents of Tajganj, MLA from Agra Cantonment and Minister of State in the Government of Uttar Pradesh, Dr GS Dharmesh has opened a front against District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh. In response to a question, Minister Dharmesh made it clear that under no circumstances will this order of the District Magistrate be allowed to be implemented. If needed, a meeting will also be arranged with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in this regard. Mujeev Khan, a resident of Tajganj, and a photographer by profession told indiatoday.in that hundreds of families live within a radius of 500 meters of the Taj Mahal. Most have fuel-powered vehicles. This order of the District Magistrate has come as a problem for those families. The traffic of the residents here is being affected due to the obstruction on the barrier located on Purani Mandi crossing. Two-wheelers still have the exemption, but for the car owners, it has become a big problem. Another Tajganj resident said that the District Magistrate, after meeting with the officials two days ago, has imposed many restrictions on the people living within 500 meters of the Taj Mahal. It also includes orders to not allow vehicles of the local residents to be parked on the road. In this regard, the local residents held a meeting under the chairmanship of Minister GS Dharmesh and strongly opposed this order of the District Magistrate. Hindustani Biradari secretary Ziauddin said that the Taj Mahal is the heritage of the country and its safety is paramount, but if the District Magistrate had to take any decision, then it should have been taken after consulting the local residents. Agra Tourist Welfare Association secretary Vishal Sharma clarified that no ban has been imposed on battery-operated vehicles. He said that with the changing technology, battery vehicles are being used more, and are pollution-free. These vehicles are safe for the environment and the beauty of the Taj Mahal. While the local tourism industry appeals to the administration to allow local pass-holder vehicle owners to take their vehicles inside the barrier, local residents are also requested to use more battery-operated vehicles.
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