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Taj Mahal entry tickets to go online

This Christmas onwards you won’t have to stand in long queues to buy tickets to enter Taj Mahal as the Archaeological Survey of India is launching the online booking of tickets.

“All arrangements have been made and our systems are in place. The trial will begin on December 25. It has taken us a long time to work on this project which will change the image of the ASI,” Superintending Archaeologist N K Pathak said.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will be the service provider of the e-ticketing facility in collaboration with the National Institute of Smart Governance, he said.

After one month trial, the ASI would extend the facility to other monuments managed by it.

ASI officials said the e-tickets will have security features including bar code, and bar code scanners would be installed at the gates.-- PTI

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