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Agra: A man cleans a fountain at the Taj Mahal in Agra on Wednesday ahead of President Barack Obama's visit. PTI Photo

Agra: A man cleans a fountain at the Taj Mahal in Agra on Wednesday ahead of President Barack Obama's visit. PTI Photo

Taj Mahal sparkles after spell of shower
Agra, Jan 22 (PTI)Heavy showers since early morning today
washed all the dust and pollutants turning Taj Mahal sparkling
white ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to the city
on January 27.
The authorities have stepped up their efforts to spruce
up the 17th century monument of love and its surrounding areas
ahead of the Obama visit. The 12-km stretch of road from the
Kheria Air Force Station, where Obama will land, to the
eastern gate of Taj Mahal is being given a face-lift.
Potholes have been filled, encroachments removed, tree
trunks painted white and red, flower pots placed, and
street-lights have been fixed on the stretch.
Sources in the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI),
which maintains the monument, indicated that Taj Mahal will be
closed for public for two hours during the VVIP visit on
Tuesday. The monument will, however, remain open for public on
the Republic Day.
President Obama is expected to reach Taj Mahal around
2pm. He is scheduled to spend an hour at the historical site.
Reports indicated that Obama and his entourage will head
back home from Agra, instead of returning to Delhi.
Security too has been beefed up in the area ahead of the
visit. Along with the Indian security forces, US armed
commandos are likely to buttress the entire stretch of the
road and take over positions within the Taj Mahal complex.
Residents of Taj Ganj mohalla have been advised to carry
their identity cards and stay in their homes on January 27
during the duration of the Obama visit.
Agra has not witnessed such high scale of security and
preparedness ever before, said a resident. National Highway-2
and Yamuna Expressway are already under heavy security cover.