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Agra: Tour guides, travel operators stare at an uncertain future

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oi-Madhuri Adnal

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Agra (UP), May 6: With the tourism sector taking a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the livelihoods of several people associated with this industry have been severely affected in Agra.

Tour leader Mahendra Soni, who was living a comfortable life before the pandemic struck, has been forced to take a loan to fulfil the financial needs of his family.

Agra: Tour guides, travel operators stare at an uncertain future

“I am living on borrowings. I have been a tour leader for 34 years, but since the beginning of the pandemic, my profession was affected and I was forced to opt for tiffin delivery service, but that too did not work,” he told PTI.

With the temporary closure of the Taj Mahal due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases, tour guides like Soni are struggling to make ends meet.

Shamsuddin Khan, the president of the Approved Tourist Guides” Association, said there are about 2,500 tour guides in this Uttar Pradesh town, of which 400 are approved by…

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