ASI, CISF, home ministry
review Taj Mahal security
Delhi/Lucknow, Dec 15 (IANS) Senior officials of the Archaeological
Survey of India (ASI), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
and the union home ministry Monday met in New Delhi to review
the security measures at the Taj Mahal to prevent any terror
attack on the world heritage monument.
view of the recent Mumbai attacks, we were required to take
a fresh look at the overall security scenario in and around
the Taj Mahal. After a detailed survey, we felt the need to
beef-up the security, both in and around Taj Mahal,"
a home ministry official told IANS.
180 CISF personnel are deployed at the monument in Agra at
all times. There is now a proposal to have an additional 90
CISF men to guard the marble wonder.
was also expressed over the need to increase the night security,
particularly on the five nights of the month when visitors
are permitted to enter the monument at night," the official
viewing of Taj was facilitated on the full moon night as well
as two nights before and after that day.
2002, the security of the monument that draws millions of
tourists from across the globe was in the hands of a private
agency hired by the ASI.
the entire internal security of the 17th century monument
had been entrusted to the CISF following intelligence inputs
about the Taj being the target of certain terrorist groups.