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Pay more to visit monuments, go cashless to get discounts: ASI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Archaeological Survey of (ASI) has mooted a hike in the entry fee at popular tourist sites and discounts on cashless modes of payment, as per a proposed amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Rules, 1959.

According to the draft, a copy of which is with PTI, Indians, those from the other countries and BIMSTEC countries will now have to pay Rs 40 per head (Rs 30 currently) to visit the UNESCO World Heritage properties or category 'A' monuments -- the of monuments at Agra, the Fort, the monuments at Fatehpur Sikri, the and Qutub Minar in

Those opting to pay by card or any other cashless mode of will get a discount of Rs five.

For the in Delhi, the revised entry fee would be Rs 50 per head (Rs 30 currently) for Indians, those from the other (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) countries and BIMSTEC countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar) and Rs 35 for cashless payments.

Those from the other countries would have to pay Rs 600 per head (Rs 500 currently) to enter these monuments, the draft said, adding that in case of digital transactions, the amount would be reduced by Rs 50.

For the category 'B' monuments, an entry fee of Rs 25 (Rs 20 for cashless transactions) has been proposed in the draft for Indians, those from the other countries and BIMSTEC countries.

These monuments include the at Sikandra, the Itimad-ul-at Rambagh, the group of monuments at Mehtab Bagh in Agra, Delhi's Jantar Mantar, Khan-i-Khana, Purana Qila, Tughlaqabad Fort, Ferozshah Kotla and

Others would have to pay an entry fee of Rs 300.

Presently, Indians, citizens of the other countries and BIMSTEC countries have to pay an entry fee of Rs 15 and other nationals are charged Rs 250 per head.

The draft has also proposed a fee hike for additional facilities -- Rs 850 (Rs 800 for cashless transactions) for category 'A' and Rs 400 (Rs 350 for cashless transactions) for category 'B' monuments.

The Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was tabled in the Lok Sabha on July 18, 2017 by the and was passed by the House on January 2, 2018. It is yet to be tabled in the

The ASI has invited suggestions and objections to the rules which have to be conveyed to its by February 5.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:35 IST