Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has decided to open all the Centrally protected monuments and museums in the country to the public from July 6.
The agency has also issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all monuments amid the Covid-19 crisis.
The decision was announced by Prahlad Singh Patel, the Minister of Culture and Tourism after a meeting of the top officials of the Ministry and the ASI through a tweet.
However, monuments situated in the containment zones will remain shut.
As per the SOPs issued by Central govt.,
- The entry will be restricted through e-tickets and no across-the-counter physical tickets will be issued.
- All the payments at the parking, cafeteria, etc. will be digital.
- Visitors have to observe strict timings inside the monuments and museums to avoid crowding of people.
However, all light and sound shows and film shows will remain suspended.
Moreover, the phone numbers of all the visitors will be recorded at the entry in order to help trace the contacts in case of any virus spread in the future.
The government has also set a cap in terms of the maximum number of visitors can enter into the monuments per day.
For the most visited monument in the country, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the government has put the highest cap of 5,000 in a day, in two slots of 2,500 each.
Red Fort and Qutub Minar in Delhi at slots of 1,500 each.
Agra Fort and Sun Temple Konark can allow 2500 visitors each in a given day.
Number of visitors to all other centrally protected monuments is restricted at 2,000 people in a day.