AGRA: Taking a significant move after a period of 12 years, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has hiked the ticket prices for historical monuments across the country by a whopping 200%. The increase of ticket prices will be for all the categories under the Archaeological survey of India. For category ‘A’ monuments which includes World Heritage Sites, the ticket price has been hiked from Rs 10 to Rs 30 for Indians and from Rs 250 to Rs 750 for foreigners.
On the other hand,unlike the monuments in the rest of the country, the ticket prices for the Taj Mahal will be even high as the Agra Development Authority will be collecting an additional fee as toll tax. Hence, the new ticket prices at the Taj Mahal will be Rs 40 (Rs 10 towards toll tax) for Indians and Rs 1,250 (Rs 500 as toll tax) for foreigners.
The Archaeological survey of India, has issued a preliminary notification to this effect. A 45-days time period is given to the public to offer Suggestions and comments over the decision. If everything goes as expected the notification will come into effect from the first week of November, this year.
The ticket prices for the category ‘B’ monuments have been increased from Rs.5 to Rs.15 for Indians and Rs.100 to Rs.300 for foreigners, the Times of India reports.
Tourism organizations opposed the changes in the prices and called for an emergency meeting to discuss the course of action. The Organizations said that such a move would effect the tourism industry which is already facing a slump due to the fall of number tourists in Agra.