The Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has announced that the important Archaeological Survey of India-protected monuments would have citizens’ advisory boards, to help involve people in maintenance of heritage and give useful suggestions. He was speaking at a day-long workshop for stake holders on holistic development of the Taj city in Agra. Taj Mahal and other important monuments will have 11-member advisory boards comprising eminent people, media persons, activists.
The Minister said suggestions given by business leaders, hoteliers, politicians, NGO representatives, and conservationists will be compiled in a report and an action plan with three-month, six-month deadlines drawn up. Sharma said Agra being an important heritage city, will remain a top priority of his ministry.
Incidentally, the government on Sunday pledged to end disposable, or single use plastic around the Taj Mahal and make upto 500 metres around the historic monument plastic-free under the Taj Declaration on beating plastic pollution.
In a meeting held at the Taj on Sunday, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who is is also Minister of State for Environment, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and actress Diya Mirza, adopted “Taj Declaration” that aims making Agra, which is among world’s top ten most polluted cities, free of plastic.