Plan to re­vive Agra-Sa­markand link­ages

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had ori­gins in Sa­markand — the orig­i­nal seat of power of the founder of the Mughal em­pire, Zahirud­din Muham­mad Babur. He was also born in the nearby Far­gana Val­ley, some 500 km form the an­cient city.

The new Uzbek Am­bas­sador in In­dia, Farhod Arziev, was in Agra last week and had de­tailed dis­cus­sions with city mayor In­dra­jeet Balmiki and other of­fi­cials. Balmiki said he was keen to re­vive the old grandeur of Agra as most ar­chi­tec­tural mar­vels in the city and on its out­skirts in Sikan­dara and Fathepur Sikri trace their ori­gins in the Uzbek city.

Arziev also re­minded that many ar­ti­sans who were part of the 20,000-strong work force that built the Taj Ma­hal had been trans­ported form Tashkent and Sa­markand.

—GOVT OF UZBEK­ISTAN

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