Taj Mahal, the one of the seven wonders of the world and the most visited monument of India has earned Rs 75 crore during the last three years in revenues through sale of tickets and other paid services.
Union tourism and culture minister Mahesh Sharma informed the Lok Sabha on Monday through a written letter which revealed that apart from Rs 75 crore, an amount of Rs 11 crore have also been spent on maintenance and other important environmental development of Taj Mahal during the last three years, reports The Times of India.THE MOST VISITED MONUMENT OF INDIA THE TAJ MAHAL HAS EARNED RS 75 CRORE DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS… Click To Tweet
According to the financial report revealed by the minister Rs 4.43 lakh was spent in 2013-14 towards expenditure incurred for cleaning of marble surface of Taj Mahal, which rose to Rs 8.5 lakh in 2014-15, and Rs 55.18 lakh in 2015-16. The seven time hike in expenses in the previous year was due to ASI took the entire monument for cleaning after the orders of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment.
The revenue earned by the Taj Mahal is Rs. 22.45 Cr in FY 2013-2014, Rs. 21.26 Cr in FY Rs. 23.88 Cr and Rs. 8.3 Cr up to June, 2016.
Similarly, Rs 3.14 crore was spent on its conservation in 2013-14, Rs 4.42 crore in 2014-15, Rs 3.66 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 24.71 lakhs between April 1 and June 30 this year.
Certain parts of Taj Mahal is become yellow due to some “natural factors” Sharma accepted. He also informed that to protect the marble surface of the Taj Mahal, science branch of Archaeological Survey of India takes up cleaning process in a systematic and phased manner using appropriate conservation materials.