In light of the ongoing second wave of Covid-19 pandemic, all centrally protected monuments, sites and museums under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) will be closed till May 15.
“Due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation, it has been decided to close all the Centrally Protect monuments/sites and museums under the Archaeological Survey of India with immediate effect and till May 15, 2021, or until further orders,” the order read.
— Ministry of Culture (@MinOfCultureGoI) April 15, 2021
Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel also Tweeted the order, saying, “Given the current outbreak of the corona epidemic, @MinOfCultureGoI (Ministry of Culture), @ASIGoI (Archaeological Survey of India) has decided to close all the monuments protected by it till the 15th of May.”
कोरोना की महामारी के वर्तमान प्रकोप को देखते हुए @MinOfCultureGoI ने @ASIGoI के द्वारा संरक्षित सभी स्मारकों को आगामी 15 मई तक बंद रखने का फ़ैसला किया है @PMOIndia @tourismgoi @incredibleindia pic.twitter.com/EZX2jNQI9V
— Prahlad Singh Patel (@prahladspatel) April 15, 2021
There are a total of 55 monuments and sites centrally protected by ASI across Assam which includes Talatal Ghar and Rang Ghar in Sivasagar, Group of Four Maidams in Charaideo, Vishnudol in Joysagar, among others.
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