Taj Mahal to Be Adopted Under Clean India Campaign

Agra/New Delhi: The Taj Mahal, a Unesco World Heritage site, will be adopted under the Clean India Campaign, the tourism ministry and Agra officials said.

The Taj Mahal will be adopted by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) at a function attended by Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi who will arrive in Agra from Delhi in a decorated bus.

"It is the crown jewel among the tourist destinations in India and naturally is a priority destination under the campaign Clean India programme," the ministry said.

Agra district authorities said the minister will first visit the Taj Mahal with officials of the ministry and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) director general and then inaugurate the Clean India campaign from the Taj Khema Hotel with the Taj Mahal in the backdrop.

The ONGC has taken the responsibility to clean up the area within and outside the 17th century marble mausoleum.

District Magistrate Zuher Bin Sagir told IANS: "It's a very important programme for us and we have made elaborate preparations. Agra deserves higher standards of cleanliness."

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