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Tourist Footfall, Revenue Collection for Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Other Monuments Hugely Hit By Pandemic

Ticket gross sales at monuments, together with Taj Mahal, Red Fort and Ajanta and Ellora Caves fell vastly from Rs 336 crore in 2019-20 to a bit over Rs 40 crore within the 12 months 2020-21 that noticed lockdown restrictions and journey bans because of the Covid-19 pandemic, information from the Ministry of Culture confirmed.

In 2019-20, there have been round 5 crore guests on the centrally protected ticketed monuments whereas the footfall went right down to 1.19 crore in 2020-21 that was marred by the Covid-19 pandemic. As in comparison with 2018-19, the variety of vacationers dropped by about 78% and income assortment fell by over 87% in 2020-21, in line with the ministry’s information analysed by CNN-News18.

Tourist influx

(Tourist Flow at Centrally Protected Ticketed Monuments in India)

Monuments shut for over two months in 2021 inflicting lack of Rs 35 crore

As the nation was preventing the second wave of Covid-19 in April-May, the monuments have been closed for 61 days from April 16 to June 15 by which the federal government incurred a lack of Rs 35.40 crore, in line with the ministry’s assertion within the Lok Sabha on Monday. The ministry mentioned the calculation was primarily based on income misplaced attributable to lack of gross sales of tickets.

Revenue collected from Centrally Protected Ticketed Monuments

(Revenue Collected from Centrally Protected Ticketed Monuments)

For Category ‘A’ monuments corresponding to Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the Indian residents, guests from SAARC and BIMSTEC international locations and abroad residents of India pay as much as Rs 40 every. However, for Red Fort in Delhi, a Category ‘A’ monument that can also be a UNESCO World Heritage, the entry price is Rs 50 per head.

While everybody else visiting the Category ‘A’ monuments and will not be from the listed international locations should shell out Rs 600. Also, for entry to the primary Mausoleum of Taj Mahal, Rs 200 per head for all classes of holiday makers is required along with the present entry price.

Similarly, for Category ‘B’ monuments corresponding to Gwalior Fort, Indians and guests from SAARC and BIMSTEC international locations and abroad residents of India pay Rs 25 and different international vacationers fork out Rs 300.

India has 3,693 centrally protected monuments; most in UP

Across India, there are 3,693 centrally protected monuments, with most being in Uttar Pradesh. The state has 743 centrally protected monuments adopted by Karnataka (506) and Tamil Nadu (412). Nagaland (4), Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim (three every), and Manipur and Mizoram (one every) are on the different finish of the spectrum.

State-wise centrally protected monuments

(State-wise Centrally Protected Monuments)

Between 2014 and 2019, 17 monuments have been added to the listing of centrally protected monuments, together with the Old High Court Building in Maharashtra’s Nagpur that was added in 2018.

Huge fall in international vacationers’ arrival in India in 2021

Nearly 4 lakh vacationers arrived in India as much as May 2021 as in comparison with 24.72 lakh for a similar interval in 2020. The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs), which dropped drastically in March-April 2020 amid the worldwide Covid outbreak, began growing step by step within the later a part of 2020. In November 2020, 70,977 FTAs and in December, 90,544 FTAs have been recorded in India.

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