India sharpens focus on preservation of famed Taj Mahal

Agra, Feb.6: The Archaeological Survey of India has sharpened its focus on preserving the famed Taj Mahal, strengthening its commitment beefs up security measures and involves the civil society to take up responsibility of keeping the surroundings of the world heritage site clean.

The pinnacle of Mughal architecture has been the centre of attention after a militant attack on famous Bodhgaya Temple in Bihar.

Police said security of the famed monument was of utmost concern and steps were taken to ensure there were no lapses.

“We appealed to the people to take care of basic security checks like proper verification should be done of people who come to stay on rent, people running cyber cafes should allow people to log in only after checking their photo IDs, the hoteliers as well as lodgers should also wear IDs, if there is anything suspicious and somebody’s movements appear suspicious, then they can inform the police secretly,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shalabh Mathur.

The tourist guides have been issued with identity cards to keep a check over the public movement in and around the Taj Mahal, said police.

In addition, CCTV cameras installed around the complex are being checked on daily basis ensuring their proper working to keep a strict vigil.

The tourism department has also initiated on-line ticket system, which would also help in controlling the crowds.

Located in Agra, the mausoleum was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Attracting around 20,000 visitors every day, the monument was completed in 1648, after 17 years of construction by 20,000 workers. (ANI)