New Delhi: In a bid to provide more security to the tourists visiting the national capital, the Delhi government has issued a circular under which registration of tourist agents, tour operators and tourist transport operator has been made mandatory.

Amending the Delhi Motor Vehicle Rules (1993) to Delhi Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Rules 2011, the Delhi government issued a circular on Tuesday which mentioned the inclusion of all tourism related bodies as well service providers under the new rule.

According to circular number-F 23 (127)/2007/TPT issued by Tourism Department of the Delhi government, agents will have to deposit Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 as registration fee and security fee respectively. After the deposition of the fee, licenses will be issued to them.

Senior coordinator of Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training, SP Singh said the registration has been made compulsory to put a check to the increasing number of fraud cases with tourists and to ensure them a safe journey.

If an agent flouts the norms, he will be blacklisted, his license will also be cancelled and all this information will be uploaded on website, Singh added. 

Besides, the tour and travels companies will be required to show their monthly returns to the Tourism Department officials.
All the tour and travels, tourist transport, traveler visiting Delhi, excursion group etc mentioned in Yellow Book will also be included in the list of those who will be required to register with the Delhi government, he added.

Presently, there are around 3500 agencies mentioned in the Yellow Book which work as tour operators for historical and religious places in the capital.