India’s World heritage sites Taj Mahal and Agra Fort goes to reopen from September 21. The heritages were closed for nearly six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But initially, only 5,000 tourists would be allowed at the Taj and a couple of,500 at Agra Fort daily.
Before the corona situation, the Taj Mahal wont to have daily 80,000 people, and therefore the Agra Fort had nearly 30,000 people on weekends. Seriously.
Moreover, Agra’s district magistrate Prabhu N Singh said that visitors will need to wear face masks in the least times and thermal screening would be conducted at the entry gates.
He further said that the hotel industry will need to be more cautious as COVID-19 cases are still rising across the state.
“All arrangements have already been made at these monuments as per the culture and health ministries’ guidelines,” said ASI superintending archeologist (Agra circle) Vasant K Swarnkar, adding that entry tickets will be issued by e-mode only and ticket windows will remain shut.
ASI superintending archeologist (Agra circle) Vasant K Swarnkar
- All entry ticket bookings are going to be done by QR codes standees deployed at the East and West gates of the monument, He informed.
- As per a report by TOI, he also informed that the whole area is going to be sanitized twice a day to day and there would be small posters advising travelers to take care of social distancing and not touch the marble surfaces, doors and railings are going to be pasted across the monuments.
- “Group photography is going to be prohibited, a deadline of three hours will strictly be followed and visitors are going to be advised to stay a sanitizer and bottle with them as a precautionary measure,” said Swarnkar.
The Taj Mahal alongside other monuments in Agra has closed on March 17th thanks to a COVID pandemic.
Previously, other monuments within the area, including Fatehpur Sikri, were opened by the district authorities from September 1st.
The ministry of the Union had allowed the nationwide opening of all monuments protected under ASI from July 6th.
The local tourism industry hailed the choice of the Agra administration of opening the 2 hottest world heritage sites.
“This step wouldn’t only rejuvenate the tourism of Agra but would also make a positive contribution to the worldwide tourism industry and would drive the subcontinental tourism,” said Rajeev Saxena, vice-president of Agra Tourism Guild,
He also said that the govt should announce the beginning of international airlines and begin issuing tourist visas for those meaning to see the Taj Mahal.
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