Angry Tourists Barge Into Konark Sun Temple In Odisha Alleging Delay In Ticket-Checking

Puri: Noisy scenes were witnessed at the famous Konark Sun Temple in Odisha’s Puri district on Sunday as a large number of tourists ran out of patience after waiting for hours in scorching heat for entry ticket checking.

A large number of tourists, who came from different parts of the state and outside for a visit to the 13th century monument, joined the queue for getting online as well as offline entry tickets under. They also had to wait for a long time for checking of tickets.

Angry over alleged delay, many of them forced their way into the Sun Temple, sources said.
The temple authorities tried to stop them by locking the main gate of the temple, but the angry visitors tried to force their entry into the temple premises by scaling the gate and temple wall. In the process, many tourists including those who had no tickets also entered the premises.

Several tourists claimed that they faced difficulty in getting the off-line tickets. They have to wait for long hours to enter the temple premises due to the unnecessary delay in the checking process.

Some of the tourists also alleged that the delay in buying tickets and the checking process is occurring due to the deployment of untrained security personnel by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) authorities.

The situation turned normal after one hour following the intervention of police personnel.

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