Centre Removes Visitor Cap On Monuments, Sound And Light Shows To Resume

New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), on Sunday said that it has removed the cap on the number of visitors who can visit the centrally protected monuments or sites.

The decision was taken in accordance with a communication issued by the government on the updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on December 18, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.

However, the total number of visitors to be allowed per day may be decided by the concerned superintending archaeologist with the concurrence of the respective District Magistrate, who is the chairman of the District Disaster Management Committee of the district, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement.

“The ASI has removed the cap on the number of visitors to its Centrally Protected Monuments/sites. This is as per the latest communication on the updated SOPs, issued to the regional directors and SAs,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The SOP further states that selling of physical tickets may be resumed where there are problems in QR code and network. Sound-and-light show may be resumed,” the statement added.

The ministry further said that all centrally protected monuments would continue to remain bound by the COVID-19 related protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Ministry of Culture earlier, as also any particular orders by the state and/or district administration.

As many as 3,691 centrally-protected monuments and archaeological sites maintained by the ASI were shut from March 17 in view of the coronavirus crisis.