Taj Mahal earns Rs 200 million, but only gets Rs 13 million

AGRA: Taj Mahal , one of the most visited world heritage monuments worldwide, has earned more than Rs 200 million through ticket sales in the last three years. However, the government has spent only Rs 13.37 million rupees for its conservation during that period. The data was revealed by the Minister of State (independent office) for tourism and culture Prahlad Patel in Lok Sabha recently.

The number of visitors to Taj has also witnessed a steady increase despite the increase in ticket prices. TNN

Almost 2 million tourists, both domestic and foreign, visited the monument during that period. While the entrance fee to the monument increased from 40 to 50 rupees for Indian tourists and from 1,000 to 1,100 rupees for foreign tourists on August 8 of last year, a separate entry ticket of 200 was presented on December 10 Rupees to the main mausoleum.

According to the minister's response, Rs 55.09 million rupees were obtained in 2016-17 from 61.77 lakh of tourists, Rs 58.76 million rupees in 2017-18 from 65.65 lakh and Rs 86.48 million rupees in 2018-19 from 70.9 lakh through the sale of tickets at the monument. Similarly, 4.5 million rupees were spent on its conservation in 2016-17, 3.38 million rupees in 2017-18 and 5.48 million rupees in 2018-19.

ASI superintendent archaeologist ( Agra circle) Vasant K Swarankar said it is a positive sign to see that the number of tourists increases every year. He said: We are making continuous efforts to serve visitors in the best possible way. We look for money for the preservation of the monument when necessary.

According to Swarankar, around 2.5 million rupees were spent on infrastructure development in April 2018 when the turnstile doors were installed in the monument. He said that so far 28 sources of drinking water have been installed and four more will be added soon. An exclusive air-conditioned feeding room was also created for mothers visiting the monument.