Tourism industry leaders on Wednesday urged Minister of State for Tourism K Chiranjeevi to reject a proposal to increase the rates of entrance tickets for the Taj Mahal.
“The recession in the Western world has hit Indian tourism. Any increase in the ticket rates will only affect adversely the number of visitors to Agra,” Rajiv Tiwari of the Federation of Travel Agents told IANS.
In a memorandum, the tourism bodies of Agra drew attention to the “crowding of the Taj entrance by nearly 3,000 unauthorised photographers and touts who accost the visitors on the street and in the monument”. This, they said, “threatens the security of the complex”.
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