Hyderabad: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) under the Union ministry of culture has removed the cap on the number of visitors to its Centrally-protected monuments and sites. The sound and light show at these sites may be resumed accordingly, it has said.

This is as per the latest communication on the updated standard operating procedures (SOP) for Centrally-protected monuments and sites issued by the ASI on 18 December to the regional directors and superintending archaeologists.

However, the total number of visitors to be allowed per day maybe decided by the concerned superintending archaeologist/SA with the concurrence of the respective district magistrate who is the chairman of the district disaster management committee.

The Golkonda fort, Charminar, Warangal fort, Thousand-Pillared Temple at Hanamkonda, group of temples at Alampur, Ramappa temple at Palampet, famous archaeological sites at Kondapur, and megalithic site at Janampet are the eight national monuments in Telangana which is protected by the ASI.

The SOP further stated that the selling of tickets may be resumed where there are problems with the QR code and network. Recent reports in Telangana showed that due to technical issues, tickets were being sold in black by tour guides at many sites.

The communication also stated that all Centrally-protected monuments and sites shall continue to be bound by the COVID-19 protocols issued by the ministry of Home Affairs, the ministry of health and family welfare, and the ministry of culture. Also, any specific orders of the state and district administration shall also be implemented.


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