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Taj Mahal and other Agra monuments to reopen from June 16

The Taj Mahal and other historical monuments in Agra will reopen to tourists on June 16 after having remained closed for more than two months due to surge in Covid-19 cases during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Taj Mahal was closed to tourists on April 4, when the second wave began to rise.

Meanwhile, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has now decided to reopen the monuments under its supervision as the second wave recedes across the country. However, the final decision has been left to the respective state governments and district magistrates under whose jurisdiction such monuments are located.

Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh confirmed that he received the notification from the ASI and forwarded it to the state government, requesting guidelines for when the monument reopens. The revised guidelines are expected to arrive on Tuesday.

The Taj Mahal had remained closed to tourists for nearly 200 days in 2020-21 before reopening on April 4. The closure…

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