Superintending Archaeologist of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Dr Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, on September 7 informed that Taj Mahal and Agra Fort will re-open to public from September 21, as a part of Unlock-4.
The monuments were closed for tourists since March 17 ? days before nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Agra District Magistrate and Collector Prabhu N Singh also took to twitter to announce reopening of the two monuments. TajMahal and Agra Fort to welcome tourists from 21st Sept₹20, his tweet read.
According to Dr Vasant, only 5000 (at Taj Mahal) and 2500 visitors (at Agra Fort) would be permitted in both monuments on a daily basis. As a precautionary measure, ticket counters would remain closed and electronic tickets would be provided to the visitors.
All guidelines issued by the centre will have to be followed while visiting the mausoleum and the fort which includes social distancing and sanitising of hands. Masks are mandatory to enter the monuments and all tickets must be purchased online, he said in a statement.
Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh looks on while Congress MP Shashi Tharoor files nomination papers for party chief post
Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”
Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”
Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.
Since The Raaas enchanted and enthralled Nagpur with its quality garba in its first year in 2018, the demand for encore has been reverberating the city. To cater to the huge public demand, the organisers of the king of garbas have decided to continue The Raaas next year on.Like its first year, The Raaas Garba will be presented to Nagpur in association with Nation Next in 2023. Mahesh Kukreja, the key organiser said, “Because of some reasons, we, earlier, thought of giving the event a break.”
He added, “Then COVID-19 struck the world. Now we plan to continue it from next year onwards. While I express my gratitude to Nagpurians to make the event a huge hit, I request the city’s garba revellers to not get fooled as a few garbas are falsely claiming to be The Raaas. We’ll be back next year for sure!”