New Delhi: With coronavirus cases in India inching towards 130, the central government is taking big steps to curb the impact of widespread infection in India.
In a recent move, all the monuments under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will remain closed until March 31, as decided by the government.
“All ASI monuments and central museums will be shut till March 31 in view of the spread of coronavirus. We are taking this very seriously,” announced Union Culture Minister Prahlad Patel.
The government will soon issue a notification regarding the same.
There are around 3,000 monuments under ASI that includes Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Red Fort as well in addition to some UNESCO world heritage sites like Ajanta Caves and Hampi among others. Apart from this, there are around 200 museums that will remain closed too.
The report said that these places witness high footfalls and closure for a few days is likely to result in exchequer loss.
However, the government believes that the move is necessary considering the present situation within the country. Also, the government has decided to refund tickets that were pre-sold. This is applicable for ASI-protected monuments, the report said.