In a proffer to conserve the heritage site the Taj Mahal, the Archaeological Survey of India is planning to restrict the number of tourists visiting 40,000 daily. It has also planned to put a 3-hour cap on each ticket holder to tour the 17th-century Mughal monument in order to protect the heritage site. The restriction, which is made-up to be implemented from 20 January, however, holds no limit on the number of foreigner tourists visiting the site daily, which means the daily limit will only be applicable for Indian tourists and not foreign tourists.
A high-level meeting was conducted today by Culture Secretary Ravindra Singh with ASI officials and representatives of Agra district administration and other officers of the Central Industrial Security Force, where the pronouncement was taken. Ministry officials said that the trade of tickets – both online and offline – will be stopped at the 40,000 mark.