भारतीय पुरातत्व सर्वेक्षण विभाग @ASIGoI ने कोरोना महामारी को देखते हुए अपने सभी स्मारकों को ३१ मई तक बंद करने का फ़ैसला @MinOfCultureGoI की सहमति से किया है @PMOIndia @AmitShah @JPNadda @incredibleindia @tourismgoi pic.twitter.com/gWvQTHl1Ln— Prahlad Singh Patel (@prahladspatel) May 12, 2021
Due to the excessive surge of coronavirus cases in India, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) closed its monuments in the country till May 31. Previously, it had ordered the closure of monuments till May 15 which has now been extended until May 31.
According to the latest reports, the ASI has extended the closure of monuments till May 31. In a formal statement from the government body, it said, “In continuation of the office order dated 15 April 2021, all the Centrally protected monuments/sites under ASI shall continue to remain closed due to the present Covid-19 pandemic situation till May 31, 2021, or until further orders.”
India is still struggling to cope up with the rising number of coronavirus cases with increasing deaths and infections and during this time, this is the right decision to make. As museums and monuments might witness crowds, these are some of the places where the virus will spread easily.
Union Culture Minister of India, Prahlad Singh Patel tweeted about the same and the minister further stated that the decision was taken after approval from the Union Culture Minister.
The ASI had closed all the center-protected monuments back from April 15 till May 15. However, as India has been recording 400,000+ cases daily, in the interest of the public and staff, the date has been further extended till the end of this month.