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Friday, 20 July, 2001, 06:14 GMT 07:14 UK
New road to the Taj Mahal
The authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have announced plans to build a fast road linking Agra, the city renowned for its famous attraction, the Taj Mahal, with the Indian capital, Delhi.

It currently takes five hours from Delhi to reach Agra.

Officials say the new Taj expressway will reduce the journey time by half and boost the numbers of tourists visiting the city.

The road will be built through an undeveloped area.

Construction is due to start in two years' time.

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