SAARC visitors to Taj get no relief

March 21st, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by admin  

Agra, March 21 (IANS) The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) wants the entrance ticket for visitors to the Taj Mahal from South Asia to cost Rs.20 but the Agra Development Authority (ADA) is sticking to Rs.500. Naturally, nationals from member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are feeling cheated.

ADA officials say the ASI order is not binding on them. Tourists from several neighbouring countries have had heated discussions with ADA staff, but no relief has come their way.

An ADA official told IANS why the entrance fee - which is Rs.20 for Indian nationals - would not be slashed for SAARC nationals, more so since they form a large chunk of tourists to Agra.

“Why should the ADA lose revenue? After all, the money is going for infrastructure development and maintenance. Let the central government subsidise the loss of revenue,” the official argued.

The Rs.20 ticket for domestic visitors is shared 50-50 by the ASI and ADA.

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