Taj Mahal ticket price hiked 5 times...Know how much you will have to pay

Agra, Dec 9: Now you will have to pay five times more to catch a glimpse of Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. The marble monument is facing threat from pollution. The step has been taken to regulate the influx of crowd. On an average over 50,000 people visit Taj on weekends.  The new rates are effective Dec 10. Indians will have to pay Rs 250 from Dec 10, a steep increase of Rs 200 from the current fees of Rs 50. For foreigners, the new fees will be Rs 1,300 from the current rate of Rs 1,000    

Earlier, in last week of November, The Supreme Court told the Uttar Pradesh government Thursday that the vision document on protecting Taj Mahal, being prepared by School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Delhi, should be made public once finalised as there is "nothing secret" about it. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta was told by SPA that the process of preparing vision document would be completed within a "few days" and as per terms of reference they would submit it to the UP government. "It (vision document) should be made public. It is a vision document. There is nothing secret about it. You place it on record also," the bench told the counsel representing Uttar Pradesh.Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that the first draft of the heritage plan for Taj Mahal, which is to be submitted to the UNESCO, was ready and it would be finalised within eight weeks.  He said that once the heritage plan is finalised, it will be sent to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) along with vision document.The bench also dealt with the issue of declaring Agra as a heritage city and the Centre told the court that they had written to the UP government about it.  Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, representing Uttar Pradesh, told the bench that they have sought assistance of Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology, which would conduct a study on this.  When Bhati said it would take around 24 months to carry out the study, the bench asked. "Why 24 months?". She said in Ahmedabad, the entire city was not declared as heritage, and it took around eight to nine years to complete the process.Professor Meenakshi Dhote, the project coordinator of vision document on Taj, told the court that they had received several feedbacks on vision document and her team would finish the work within the next few days.The bench also dealt with several pending applications, including those which have raised the issues of expansion of industries in Agra in contravention of the top court's order and construction activities and traffic congestion there.The court told the applicant, who has raised the issue of expansion of industries, to approach the principal secretary of department of industries of Uttar Pradesh with his grievance.The bench has posted the matter for further hearing in first week of February.   News24 Bureau/ PTIPhoto: Google