Agra - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, named the under-construction Museum in Agra in the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on Monday. The Chief Minister, who was reviewing development work in the Agra division via video conference, said that the government was doing this as it 'nurtured nationalistic ideas'. Asserting that there was no place for 'symbols of slavery' in the state, Adityanath said that his administration will promote subjects that made 'the state proud'.
In 2016, the Samajwadi government led by Akhilesh Yadav initiated the Mughal Museum in Agra near the iconic Taj Mahal, aiming to complete its construction by end of 2017, as per reports. Upon being elected to power, the BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath sanctioned RS 20 crores for the completion of the under-construction Museum. The project which is estimated to cost Rs 141 crores, has already received Rs 90 crores. Construction was stalled several times due to a paucity of funds delay in shifting of state electricity department's storeroom.
Reports state that 75% of the museum's construction has been completed. Apart from showcasing the Mughal era, the Museum will also have an additional building situated to the north - known as the Resource Center - to provide space for teaching and research. It also includes the Taj Orientation Centre, the Agra Heritage Centre, and a street cafeteria.