Hindustan Times (West UP)


- Hemendra Chaturvedi hemendra.chaturvedi@htlive.com

AGRA: In violation of norms, a group of women tourists from Malaysia waved their national flag while standing on the pathway near the central tank on Taj Mahal premises on Thursday morning. Later, on being questioned, they expressed ignorance about restrictio­ns on such things at Taj and were allowed to go after submitting a written apology.

“The incident took place on Thursday morning at about 8 am . About six Malayasian women tourists accompanie­d by an Indian entered Taj. Later, a video went viral in which these women were seen holding their national flag on the pathway near the central tank,” said Prince Vajpayee, senior conservati­on assistant, Archaeolog­ical Survey of India.

“They got themselves photograph­ed while holding the flag. On being questioned, they said they did not know about restrictio­ns on canvassing or promotiona­l activities at Taj Mahal,” he said .

“They tendered a written apology and were allowed to go. The Indian accompanyi­ng them also expressed ignorance about the norms at Taj,” said Vajpayee .

Such incidents take place off and on and those indulging in such activiteie­s express ignorance and apologise.

Although mobile is allowed now, tourists cannot carry other items. However, such material often skips frisking at Taj Mahal gates.

The popularity of Taj Mahal often lures the visitors to canvas or promote things with Taj in the background. So, there is a restrictio­n on promotiona­l, commercial and canvassing activities on Taj Mahal premises.

Stringent checking and frisking take place at both eastern and western gates of Taj Mahal and staff from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) takes care of internal security . Bags are checked when tourist cross DFMD (Door Framed Metal Detector) near entry gates .

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