New regulations aim to end harassment of tourists by photographers at Indian monuments
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is amending its photography policy that aims to reduce ‘pestering’ of tourists at thousands of monuments by licensed photographers. The proposed amendment reads:
‘No person shall, within a protected monument, hawk or sell any goods or wares or display any advertisement in any form or show a visitor around or take his photograph for monetary consideration, except under the authority of, or under, and in accordance with the conditions of, a licence granted by an archaeological officer or additional director general, ministry of tourism.’
The number of permits issued per monument will be based on its ‘size, growth potential and footfall.’ Further regulation will put commercial photographers in designated areas and have ministry-managed tourist rates. ASI is also considering using biometrics to ‘regulate [photographers] movement inside the monuments.’
ASI manages over 3600 monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Red Fort in Delhi.