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Taj Mahal's security may be stepped up
December 18, 2008 11:15 IST
Following the Mumbai terror strikes, the Archaeological Survey of India is considering beefing up security in and around Taj Mahal.
After the survey, the CISF has demanded additional personnel and other measures to thwart any possible attack by terrorists at the 'Monument of Love'.
"We will review the demands made by the CISF on the security front and we will do it accordingly. Of course, with the permission of the Union Home Ministry," Vaish said.
Officials from the Home Ministry, ASI and CISF reviewed the security of Taj Mahal and other monuments in the country.
The ASI chief said the agency will provide all necessary help to the CISF in view of the threat perception after the Mumbai carnage.
At present, 181 CISF men guard the Taj Mahal which is a strict no-fly zone. The CISF men are equipped with modern gadgets and also dog squad and search lights.
"We have provided search lights and illumination facilities as demanded by the CISF and we have also reduced the visiting hours at the Taj based on their request," Vaish said.
She said ASI was taking steps to strengthen security at all heritage sites protected by it in the country and that it has written to all regional superintendents to strictly follow the directives.
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