The wonderful Taj Mahal and visibly messed up city of Agra were both decked up for US President Barack Obama but the powerful leader may not be able to visit the city. This was informed by Agra’s District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar who said the American President scheduled visit to see the Taj Mahal with his wife has been cancelled.
However, there is no official word from the US or Indian government yet.
The US President is coming to India on Sunday on a three-day visit on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After attending the Republic Day parade on January 26 as chief guest, Obama was scheduled to go to Agra with his family to see the Taj Mahal.
About 100 American security personnel along with their 4000 Indian counterparts were meant to provide a protective cover for the US First Family’s visit to the Taj Mahal.
An intense ground-to-air paraphernalia was also put in place to ensure that there is no untoward incident during the visit of the world’s most guarded leader.
CCTV cameras have been installed along the route from the Kheria airport to Taj Mahal, a distance of about 11 km. Officials indicated that commandos have been posted along the street corners, on roof tops and crossings. Senior officials including half a dozen IPS officers, hundreds of inspectors, sub-inspectors, from neighbouring districts have been put on the job.
Obama, who will be arriving in India on January 25 for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and be the chief guest at the Republic Day, will leave India on January 27.