Taj Mahal is an ultimate pride of India and it is regarded as one of the most recognised and attractive tourist spots in the world. India’s historical monument is visited by millions of inland and foreign tourists.
Now, the administration has taken a huge decision that will make the Taj Mahal the centre of attraction. Guess what?
Taj Mahal will soon have a breastfeeding room. It will be the first at any monument in India.
On an average, India more than 10 million foreign tourists every year (excluding the nearly 1652 million domestic tourists visiting various locations around the country each year).
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council estimation, tourism generated around ₹16.91 lakh crore or 9.2% of India’s GDP in the year 2018 and supported 42.673 million jobs, 8.1% of its total employment.
Despite how massive the tourist industry is, India has often failed the tourists, particularly when it comes to offering the basic facilities.
When mothers are traveling with infants, one thing that they have faced is lack of feeding rooms.
Due to this basic lack of facilities, mothers were forced to breastfeed their babies in the open or inside toilets.
Vasant Kumar Swarnkar who is a top official at the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in Agra told Reuters that the ‘baby feeding room’ would be set up soon by July to help the “millions of mothers who visit with their babies”.
ASI also highlighted that it was the first time it was providing such an important facility at any of India’s 3,600 plus monuments.
“My hope is that more and more monuments – not only in India but around the world – replicate this (plan) so that women can feed their babies comfortably,” he added.