Day after monuments reopen publish lockdown, footfalls barely contact 100 at most websites

New Delhi, July 7

A day after monuments throughout the nation reopened their doorways for guests following a spot of greater than three months amid coronavirus-induced lockdown, solely a handful of individuals visited these websites.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which opened its monuments and museums on July 6, has capped customer entry at each web site from 1,000-2,500 per slot –9 am to 12 pm and 12 pm to six pm, officers stated. 

Tickets to go to these locations might be booked on-line. 

ASI’s high websites which generate the utmost footfall and income have been hit arduous. 

According to officers, round 60 guests purchased tickets for Qutub Minar in Delhi which had a capping of 1,500 guests per slot, on Tuesday. 

The afternoon slot, which is probably the most sought-after timing, noticed solely 28 tickets booked until four pm. 

On regular days, the location will get round 8,000-12,000 guests per day. 

At Red Fort, the most well-liked vacation spot for home and overseas vacationers within the nationwide capital, the footfall barely reached 100, with simply round 51 tickets booked for the afternoon slot. 

Popular monuments like Jodhpur’s twin forts—Chittorgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Fort—recorded a footfall of round 150 every, whereas the Gwalior Fort in Bhopal, Bellary Fort in Hampi and the Mattancherry Palace Museum in Thrissur noticed no guests within the afternoon slot and a handful within the forenoon slot, officers stated.

The officers, nonetheless, admitted that low footfall was anticipated at most of those websites given the present temper of the nation.

In reality, round one-third of the highest income producing monuments are positioned within the 5 states which are worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These embody Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.

Monuments just like the Taj Mahal in Agra, Ajanta Ellora Caves in Aurangabad and Sun Temple in Konark weren’t open for the general public, whereas the opposite high grossers just like the Group of Monuments in Mamallapuram (in Tamil Nadu) noticed no takers within the afternoon slot with the complete 1,000 tickets remaining unsold. 

The group of monuments in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh noticed round 350 tickets being offered out of the 1,000 allowed.

In Bihar, ASI websites just like the Archaeological Site Museum, Nalanda noticed round 40 guests, the Ancient Site of Vikramshila round 20 guests and the Archaeological Site Museum, Bodhgaya, had only a few guests, officers stated. 

The Cooch Bihar Palace and the Hazarduari Palace in West Bengal noticed round 30 guests every. 

As many as 3,691 centrally-protected monuments and archaeological websites maintained by the ASI within the nation had been shut from March 17 in view of the coronavirus disaster.

The tradition ministry had issued a set of protocols, saying solely these monuments that are in non-containment zones will likely be reopened for public. 

Entry tickets shall be issued by e-mode and solely e-payments will likely be acceptable on the monument parking and cafeteria.

“There will be a cap on the number of visitors in select monuments… The visitors shall follow social distancing. The use of face cover/mask is mandatory. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal scanning provisions. Only asymptomatic persons are allowed. There shall be designated routes for entry and exit and movement within the monument,” in keeping with the usual working process (SOP) issued by the ministry.

At the doorway of each monument/web site, all guests shall share their cellphone numbers with the particular person designated for the aim by the ASI to assist in contact tracing if and when required.

The ASI can limit entry to weak and inside elements of any monument whereas guests shall be requested to stay to the closing dates contained in the monument, so far as doable, the ministry stated.

No group images and meals or eatables shall be allowed contained in the premises, it stated.  PTI

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