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ASI in Agra has no instructions on Obama visit yet

Superintending archaeologist of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Agra NK Pathak on Monday said that his department had not received any orders regarding keeping the Taj Mahal closed on January 27, the day US President Barack Obama is expected to visit the 'monument of love'.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2015 21:29 IST
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Superintending archaeologist of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Agra NK Pathak on Monday said that his department had not received any orders regarding keeping the Taj Mahal closed on January 27, the day US President Barack Obama is expected to visit the 'monument of love'.

"We will follow instructions as and when issued by the district administration," said Pathak.

As per routine, the gates of the Taj Mahal are closed whenever VVIPs, mainly heads of state, visit the monument and the ASI issues advance notifications of restricting entry into the area. After the VVIP visit, the gates are opened for the public again.

Entry to the Taj may be restricted on January 27 due to security concerns.