AGRA: A high-level meeting in Delhi on Tuesday attended by senior bureaucrats, ASI officials and police and paramilitary officers has decided that starting January 20, only 40,000 Indian tourists will be allowed to visit the Taj Mahal per day, but there will be no daily limit on the number of foreign tourists.
There is currently no restriction on the number of people entering the monument complex.
The Times of India had reported earlier that the number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal may be limited for reasons to do with environmental concerns and upkeep, and to prevent stampede-like situations.
The officials later conveyed the decision to Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma. When asked, the minister told TOI the decisions taken at the meeting had been brought to his notice and final approval would come “in a day or two”.
According to sources at the high-level meeting in Delhi on Tuesday attended by senior bureaucrats, ASI officials, and police and paramilitary officers, the 40,000 limit for Indian tourists at the Taj Mahal would include free entry for children aged under 15 years. The latter will, nevertheless, be given a “zero charge” ticket to maintain a head count.
At present, children under 15 aren’t given any kind of ticket. The cap on visitor numbers will be put in place on the lines of the railway ticket booking system. Regardless of whether visitors buy tickets online or offline, the sale of tickets will be stopped for the day when the number reaches 40,000. Visitors can buy tickets in advance.