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"Waqf Board decision will hit tourism"

LUCKNOW: The decision of the Uttar Pradesh Central Sunni Waqf Board to declare the 17th century Taj Mahal as a waqf property is not only likely to create a political uproar but affect the flow of tourists.

Officials of the Archaeological Survey of India, who had pleaded against the decision, have gone on record to state that the ongoing controversy over the control of the Taj has already resulted in a loss of at least 10 per cent in tourist inflow.

The Assistant Superintendent of ASI, S K Sharma, who is based in Agra, maintained that if the Taj were declared a Waqf property it would further erode the flow of tourists. — UNI

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