The stage is set for mega celebrations to commemorate the 350th birthday celebrations of India's famous marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, beginning Sep 27, which is also World Tourism Day.
Elaborate plans have been made for celebrations across the city and at mutiple venues. The streets are being cleaned and repaired, especially three main roads - MG Road, Yamuna Kinara Road and Fatehpur Sikri Road.
Police are strictly keeping away heavy vehicles from the roads, except during the night. First-aid kiosks and pre-paid taxi booths are being opened at all major traffic junctions, and closed-circuit cameras are being installed to catch unlicensed vehicles or guides.
The state government is keen to utilise the six-month long celebrations against the backdrop of the 17th-century monument built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal to project a new, sophisticated image of it.
The inaugural programme would be held at Agra's Red Fort because permission for programmes to be held at the Taj Mahal hasn't come from the Archaeological Survey of India.
The district authorities have roped in student groups, various trades organisations and government departments to clean up the city and streamline the infrastructural network.
The first two programmes would be organised by the state government, while the central government would fund the remaining events, about a dozen big programmes.