Agra: Guests can now e-book solely 5 tickets for adults and three for kids at a time to the Taj Mahal after a brand new rule was carried out by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to curb black-marketing of tickets to the enduring monument.
Earlier, an individual might e-book as much as 20 tickets on-line for the Taj Mahal.
In line with the superintending archaeologist in ASI (Agra circle), Vasant Swarnkar, the entry of youngsters under 15 years would proceed to be free.
He stated that the restrictions on buy of tickets shall be relevant to different monuments throughout Agra, together with Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort.
Swarnkar had written to the District Justice of the Peace and police in regards to the black advertising of tickets after receiving complaints from vacationers earlier this month.
Later, police arrested half a dozen folks for reselling on-line tickets and booked them underneath part 151 (arrest to forestall the fee of cognizable offences) of the Code of Felony Process (CrPC).
The ASI official added that each one guests’ identities shall be printed on every ticket.
The observe had been stopped final yr after journey brokers and tour operators urged the ministry to take away the cumbersome means of filling title of every vacationer whereas reserving tickets on-line.
“The visitors’ entry will be allowed only after verifying their identity from photo IDs like passport, driving license, voter ID, PAN among other documents,” Swarnkar stated.
ASI officers stated that each one tickets for the Taj Mahal had been booked for the weekend however footfall on the monument was recorded low — 4,301 on Sunday and three,957 a day earlier because of the farmers’ protests on the Delhi border.
As per norms, variety of guests are calculated on the premise of the entire variety of adults and youngsters visiting the Taj, which is capped at 5,000, a each day restrict of tourists fastened by the cultural ministry because the monument reopened after the Covid-19 lockdown on September 21.
In the meantime, native tourism business has resented the transfer and known as it a retrograde step.
Vice-President of the Tourism Guild Agra, Rajiv Saxena, stated the problem of black-marketing of tickets might be resolved by growing the variety of guests.
“The aim should be to provide hassle-free access to the monument instead of applying more rules,” he stated.
(With IANS Inputs)