LUCKNOW, Feb. 28 -- Once a loss making government agency, Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (UPSTDC) has turned profitable this year with registering a profit of more than Rs 16 crore, a double digit growth in comparison to previous year earning.

Additional chief secretary, tourism and UPSTDC director general, Awanish Awasthi stated this on Wednesday. "Thanks to the Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj and other initiatives taken by the tourism department and the corporation which helped earn a profit of more than Rs 16 crore, registering a 100 per cent growth," he said.

He said that the corporation not only registered double digit growth, but also reduced the accumulated losses that it had incurred during the previous years.

"The U...