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Monuments open for visitors from tomorrow

The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) on Monday said that all protected monuments sites and museums across the country will reopen for visitors from June16 In the wake of rising Covid19 cases, ASI closed all monuments and museums under its care on April 15. Considering the prevailing situation now, it has been decided that all centrally protected monuments sites and museums shall be reopened from Wednesday, the central body said in an order on Monday. The opening, however shall be in strict compliance with orders issued by state/ district disaster management authorities the order added. The national capital has over 70 monuments that are maintained by ASI, including Red Fort, Humayuns Tomb, Qutub Minar and Purana Qila. An ASI official who did not wish to be named, said the order announcing reopening of the monuments should be read in conjunction with orders issued by the local administration. With the movement of the people now being allowed in Delhi; it makes sense to open the safer spaces monuments and public parks. It is also important for the mental and physical well being of Delhi citizens. Its great that the ASI has proactively heeded a major demand of Delhi’s people. Hope parks are permitted to open immediately as well.

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