Panaji: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Ministry of Culture, has lifted the cap on the number of visitors to its centrally protected national monuments and sites, which had been implemented in view of the coronavirus pandemic. This is as per the latest communication on the updated SOPs for Centrally Protected Monuments/ sites, issued by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) earlier this week to the Regional Directors and Superintending Archaeologists.
There are 21 monuments of national importance recognised by the ASI in Goa including Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral and St Cajetan Church among others. It may be recalled that all these monuments had refrained visitors to visit due to the pandemic. Goa being a tourist state, had a large number of visitors visiting these monuments.
The total number of visitors to be allowed per day may be decided by the concerned Superintending Archaeologist/SA (I/c) with the concurrence of the respective District Magistrate, who is the chairman of the District Disaster Management Committee of the district, it stated.
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.
However, except the above modifications, all other provisions specified in SOP dated July 2, 2020 (w.e.f. July 6, 2020) shall be in effect until further order.
The notice also stated that, “All centrally protected monuments and sites shall continue to be bound by the Covid related protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs , Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Culture as also any specific orders of the State and/or District administration.”