At closing time of the heritage monument, Taj Mahal, the increasing crowd became uncontrollable as they started pushing their way in to visit the site, which later resulted into a stampede tragedy at the Mausoleum’s east entry gate on Thursday evening with 5 people getting injured due to the mess.
India’s historic heritage site witnessed over 40,000 including children visitors on Thursday evening. The incident occurred only 2 months later when Usha Sharma, the Director General of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) was asked by the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) to implement remedial measure on an immediate basis to control the massive crowd at the monumental site.
The stampede issue bought into light the red tape issue pending for several years, the need for controlling the crowd at one of the preserved heritage site monument of the nation. Vikram Singh, The superintendent archaeologist of Archeological Survey of India in Agra Bhuvan mentioned that he wasn’t aware of the stampede. He further stated that it was difficult to control the growing crowd year after year who are trying for just one glimpse of the monument. The decision of crowd management or restricting the visitor to the monument per day is on pending for many years.
The officials from ASI states that there were be online ticketing that will help limit the number of visitors according to the allotment of tickets per day. The CISR officer mentions that Taj witnesses minor stampede every second day but minimum steps are taken to resolve it, as he was also a part of the stampede incident. He explains that there is an urgent need to control the crowd while the frisking of the visitors is also a time-consuming process that needs to be resolved.