India’s Taj Mahal closure hurting tourism industry

published on July 9, 2020

It took Emperor Shah Jahan's 17 years tobuild the Taj Mahal in the 17th centuryand for those wishing to see the marblemausoleum for his wife Mumtaz the waitjust got longer we were very excitedabout coming here my daughter has beenfrustrated and so were we after sitting

At home for weeks so we decided to comehere when we heard that it was going toopen but now we're disappointedthe Indian government opened manymonuments on Monday for the first timesince March but the Taj Mahal will

Remain shut because it's surrounded byareas under quarantine elsewhere in thecountry few people wanted to venture outgiven the rising number of coronaviruscases Delhi's most famous tower the 12thcentury cut of Minard

Is usually one of the most populartourist sites in the country with 8,000visitors a day but in the eight hourssince it's reopened only about 50 peoplehave come to visit with internationalflights still suspended many who depend

On tourism are worried about how they'llsurvive we all guides are very worriedhonestly speaking because cases are notdeclining they're going up because therewill be fear in the psychology of thetourists Indian tourists or foreign

Tourists about going to a new place andthat is definitely has a negative impactnot only in Delhi but all over India theIndian government says it's tested 10million people so far but it still hasone of the lowest testing rates per

Capita in the world reported cases are aserious under count of the true numbersof infections that are probably in thetens of millions at this point in timefor now it's going to keep continuinguntil it gets under the hundreds of

Millions of cases and I don't really seea reason for reprieve at this point intime because we really don't have aneffective control measure with thecentral government unwilling to reimposea national lockdown because of its

Economic impact states are implementingtheir own measures Thiruvananthapuram inKerala has begun a one-week lockdownallowing only essential services Kolkatahas suspended flights from the six worsthit cities for two weeks

Given India's large size and populationhealth experts say differentregions will experience a peak ininfections at different timesElizabeth puranam al-jazeera New Delhi

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