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Somatirtha Purohit

With technical glitches marring the online booking of tickets at the world-famous Sun Temple in Konark today, restive tourists gate crashed the temple to gherao the temple security. 

As per reports, the ticket counter at the Unesco heritage site was today closed for an hour due to a server issue. In order to gain entry into the temple, all travellers have to book their tickets online by scanning a QR code installed outside the temple.

Since manual booking of tickets is not allowed, a large number of tourists who have thronged the site feel agitated as the temple authorities have only 3,000 tokens, and had allowed the same number of tourists to enter the site. 

In this chaotic situation, some tourists were seen jumping the wall to enter the corridors of the heritage site.

Reacting to the frayed tempers, agents in ticket booking counter expressed helplessness. "We have no alternative to book tickets," said an agent.

The chaotic situation has come to such a pass that the local police had intervened to bring the situation under control.  However, normalcy was restored in the Unesco heritage site as the server started functioning after a one-hour glitch.

However, such a mismanagement today at the Konark Sun Temple, which is among the list of 12 iconic sites threw many a poser. 

Why there is no alternative procedure to book tickets? 

Where was the security when tourists jumped inside the Sun temple premises?

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