Visiting hours in Taj Mahal to be restricted; longer sessions proposed by ASI

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Updated: August 23, 2016 7:10:47 PM

In response to the apex court's question as to how will such a large crowd be managed, Rao said that there was already a proposal to streamline the crowd inside the monument.

taj mahal-reu-LMeanwhile, he also requested the court to allow the ASI to conduct five sessions of 45 minutes each for sightseeing inside Taj precincts. (Reuters)

Hundreds of tourists visit Agra to catch a glimpse of the magnificent white Taj Mahal. The Archaeological Survey of India might limit the visiting hours to a maximum of three-four hours in order to manage the crowd.

The Supreme Court was informed about the proposed norms on Monday by ASI counsel ADN Rao. In response to the apex court’s question as to how will such a large crowd be managed, Rao said that there was already a proposal to streamline the crowd inside the monument.

Many visitors purchase their tickets in the morning and stay in the monument till the evening. In order to deal with that, Rao said, “We intend to issue specific colour tickets for every quarter. Once a visitor leaves the premises, the ticket becomes invalid. We don’t want the monument to get crowded.”

He added that with every visitor holding a ticket of a particular shade, it’ll become easier to manage the crowd inside the premises. Meanwhile, he also requested the court to allow the ASI to conduct five sessions of 45 minutes each for sightseeing inside Taj precincts. As of now there are eight sessions of 30 minutes each, with which many tourists are not satisfied.

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The ASI said nearly 400,000 tourists throng to see the beauty of the white monument.

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