After remaining shut for tourists due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Taj Mahal will reopen on September 21 after a six-month gap. According to Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh, the Agra Fort will also reopen, along with the Taj Mahal, on September 21.
All COVID-19 protocols will be followed issued by the central & UP governments as the tourist wonder opens its doors to the visitors, assured Singh. While the Taj Mahal will allow 5,000 tourists per day, the Agra fort will allow 2,500 visitors inside the premise.
The Taj Mahal hasn’t remained closed for so long in its history, and the damage it caused to the tourist industry of Agra is incalculable.
As per Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber president Prahalad Agarwal before reopening the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, it is important that international flights and trains to the city resume.
“The closure of this monument has nearly destroyed the tourism industry of Agra and until it is reopened, there is no possibility of any improvement in the city’s economy,” said Agra MP SP Singh Baghel. He said that when the main markets of the city are open then it doesn’t make any sense in keeping the Taj Mahal closed. The Taj Mahal was shut much before the nationwide lockdown was announced in March looking at the rising COVID-19 threat during that time. The reopening of the Taj Mahal has come as a welcome piece of news to a large number of people linked to the tourism industry in Agra. It will give huge boost to the inactive tourism sector of the city.