Monkey menace hounds the Taj Mahal
18 September 2018|08 Muharram 1440|India Today
Monkeys attacking tourists inside the Taj Mahal premises has become a matter of serious concern.
Authorities have not been able to curb the menace as tourists from India and abroad are being attacked by the monkeys at the Taj Mahal. The brand value of the world-famous monument of love and that of city of Agra is taking a hit.
Questions are being raised about the inability of the authorities and the management to secure the Taj Mahal properly.
President of Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber Prahlad Agarwal pointed out flaws in managing the Taj Mahal. He said that gangs of monkeys are roaming inside the Taj Mahal and there have been no efforts to clear the premises. Consequently, tourists are being attacked and injured by these monkeys.
Agra District Magistrate NG Ravi Kumar seemed to express his helplessness. He said that UP Tourism Directorate and the Principal Secretary of Tourism have been sent several reminders about this, but there has been no action till date.
Tourism Guild Chairman Arun Dang held the authorities responsible for the monkey menace. He said that attacks on tourists are indeed a serious matter.
He said that Archaeological Survey of India, UP Government, Agra administration and the Central Industrial Security Force are responsible for this mess.
He demanded immediate action as this was hurting tourism in the city.
Taj Mahal is earning a bad name because of the monkey attacks.
“If the news of monkey menace reaches international media, the number of tourists will fall sharply as not only the monkey bites are painful, but monkeys are carriers of diseases rabies, making the monkey attacks deadly as well,” said social activist Sameer.