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Soon, an easy & organised click with the Gateway

MTDC is training 398 photographers in camera skills, printing, framing, and also in language and etiquette.

Crossing the long queues and steep security to get inside the Gateway of India premises and bracing for large crowds could be daunting for tourists. But soon, at least getting an instant photograph with Mumbai’s most iconic structure with the Arabian Sea in the background could be a relatively hassle-free exercise.

Photographers at the Gateway of India offering instant pictures with the 85-foot tall monumental structure will now be organised, officially recognised with government permits and trained in tourist etiquette. The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has identified 398 photographers operating at the Gateway of India clicking and printing out instant photographs of tourists with the structure, the foundation stone for which was laid in March 1913.

Over the last few months, the experts brought in by the corporation have trained the photographers in camera skills, printing, framing, language and lessons on how to interact with tourists. So far, 310 photographers have been given training.

“Training of the rest is under way. We plan to complete it in the next 20 days,” said an MTDC official. After completing their training, the MTDC will give each of the 398 photographers a certification and a badge to operate on the premises, and for tourists to easily identify officially trained photographers. The corporation will also standardise the photographers’ charges.

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First published on: 11-01-2016 at 01:45:24 am
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