Lack of regulation, training to locals as guides affects tourists in Mahabalipuram; Sinduja Jane; Indian Express

India – Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

CHENNAI: In the absence of regulation by government and proper training of local residents who act as guides at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO world heritage site which generates a huge revenue for Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), tourists are affected.

There is also no system in place to monitor whether these locals who have turned as guides are giving the right information about the monuments. Also, the charges they collect depend on the visitors.“It has been four years since the government provided training to local residents who are acting as guides. Since there are apprehensions as these people will ask for a job if we train, it was stopped for the time being. Again, the State government has to spend its money for training,” said a senior official from Tamil Nadu Tourism Department.

“Also we can’t monitor these locals on whether they are giving the correct information as there is no mechanism in place,” the official added.

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