Agra: After a long gap of closure for 188 days due to the pandemic, the 17th-century monument of love, the Taj Mahal, reopened to visitors on Monday, even as a spurt of 144 new Covid-19 cases raised the alarm level of the district administration.
The ASI officials along with the CISF security personnel ensured strict compliance with the guidelines relating to social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitisation of the premises. The online ticket sale has ensured proper screening of the visitors, a guide said.
The local tourism industry leaders were upbeat and were hoping for a revival of the sector in the coming months.
District Magistrate P. N. Singh said all precautions have been taken and a strict watch would be kept.
So far the response to advance hotel bookings was not so encouraging, but as the momentum picked up and if all went without hassles, the number of visitors to Agra could…