Agra being home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in India, including the matchless Taj Mahal, gets the greatest number of foreign tourists to the country. It has therefore surprised many visitors that the city does not have a dedicated international airport and is only serviced by a small airport that has shared facilities with the Indian Air Force.
In recent years, the Government of India has tried to make accessibility to Agra more convenient by the launching of new projects such as the Yamuna Expressway which is an access controlled six lane highway which links New Delhi’s airport conveniently to Agra thereby facilitating international travelers and tourists alike.
However, The Uttar Pradesh Government has recently given its approval for the construction of a new international airport to service Agra. The proposal already has the approval of the Federal Government in New Delhi and a site for the new airport is soon to be identified.
The new Agra International Airport once completed is expected to service not just the people of Agra but also the residents of a number of cities in Uttar Pradesh who have to presently travel to New Delhi for international flights.
In other positive developments for tourism in Agra, the state cabinet, at its recent meeting chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, also approved a scheme to upgrade and broaden roads leading to the 17th century Taj Mahal, which is the most frequently visited monument in the state by international and domestic tourists.
All the roads leading to the monument of eternal love, would be upgraded and beautified to further improve accessibility and enrich the visitation experience of tourists, according to a statement of the UP State Government.
The state cabinet also approved a proposal to lease out a stretch of five acres of land for 99 years in Jagdishpur area of Amethi to Uttar Pradesh Tourism for the construction of the Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM).