Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, has been wanting to hear the ‘wah’ of the Kraddans since 151 days. Wherever the flocks of tourists were seen praising the beauty of the Taj, there is desertion today. If it breaks, then only the steps of the security personnel are called. The closure of the Taj Mahal has brought the tourism business to a standstill and hotels, guest houses, restaurants and emporiums are shutting down.

The Union Ministry of Culture had closed all the monuments across the country from 17 March in view of the infection of Kovid-19. All hotels, guest houses, restaurants and emporiums in Agra were closed on 22 March on the day of Janata curfew. Since then it has been closed. On July 6, all protected monuments in the country opened, but the district administration in Agra has not given permission to open the monuments. Tourists are not coming here due to the closure of the monuments. The tourism industry of the country is affected due to the closure of the Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal is closed for the third time

The Taj Mahal has closed for the third time since it was declared protected by ASI. Earlier, during the Indo-Pak war, 1971, the Taj Mahal was closed for 15 days from December 4 to 18. In September 1978, due to floods in the Yamuna, it was closed for seven days. 151 days of the captivity of Taj were completed on Friday due to Kovid-19. It is the longest Taj Mahal prisoner. Other monuments have closed for the first time.

It would be ironic that despite the opening of monuments everywhere in the country, the monuments have not been opened in Agra. The markets are overcrowded and the guidelines are not followed. The tourism business has come to a complete halt with the closure of the memorial for five months.

-Sunil Gupta, Chairman Northern Region, Indian Association of Tour Operators

Carrying capacity has been implemented with the issuance of SOP by ASI for Taj Mahal. In this situation, flight, start of the train should start giving visas to tourists, so that they can plan their tour for the future.

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