Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) of the Ministry of Culture has removed the cap on the number of visitors to its centrally protected monuments and sites.

However, the total number of visitors to be allowed per day will be decided by the concerned Superintending Archaeologist/SA (I/c) with appropriate discussion with the respective District Magistrate, who is the chairman of the District Disaster Management Committee of the district.

As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), the sale of physical tickets to these centrally protected monuments and sites may be resumed where there is a problem in QR code and network. Around 3,691 centrally-protected monuments and archaeological sites are being maintained by the ASI.

These sites and monuments were shut from March 17 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Later, all ASI protected monuments across the country reopened for the public from July 6 this year.

The latest notification also states that all centrally protected monuments and sites shall continue to be strictly followed the Covid-19 safety-related protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Culture as also any specific orders of the State and/or District administration.