Mulayam Singh Yadavís fancy for vintage cars gets Agra a museum

Fulfilling Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav's wish, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has given the nod to set up a vintage car museum in Agra. The UP Tourism Department, which has been entrusted with the responsibility, has approached the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) for providing 25 acres of land.

Mulayam developed a fancy for vintage cars during the vintage car rally at Saifai Mahotsav last month. The rally was flagged off by SP MP Jaya Bachchan at New Delhi. Usually, it concludes at Agra, but Mulayam specially invited the rally to visit Saifai as part of the 15-day Saifai Mahotsav. Therefore, for the first time, the rally travelled up to Saifai in Etawah district on December 22.

The former chief minister was all praise for the old classic vehicles. "It is a historical day for Saifai. The people have got a chance to see these vintage cars on roads," Mulayam had said.

The Vintage and Classic Car Club of Pakistan too had participated in the rally. Mulayam expressed gratitude towards club president Mohsin Ekram and extended him an invitation for next year to visit Saifai Mahotsav.

Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and the chief minister took a ride in a 1913 model Rolls Royce Ghost.

So impressed was Mulayam that he asked Akhilesh to develop a museum for vintage cars. Tourism Secretary Manoj Kumar Singh, who was present during the rally at Saifai, was asked to take the necessary steps. Though there are private vintage car museums in Ahmedabad, Pune, Udaipur and Mehrauli in New Delhi, this will be the first such government museum.

"A letter has been written to YEIDA for allotting 25 acre land," said Manoj Kumar Singh, adding that a detailed project was being prepared.

"Once the report is complete, then only we can tell about the features of the vintage car museum. Presently, we are only securing land for the project," he said.

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