New Delhi:7/6/20: Union Minister for Culture & Tourism (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel announced that Culture Ministry has approved the opening of 820 centrally protected monuments under the Archeological Survey of India which have places of worship from 8th June 2020. Shri Patel also said that all the protocols issued by the MHA and the Health Ministry will be followed in these monuments.
As many as 46 religious places and monuments in Odisha were given permission by the Centre to reopen tomorrow to visitors and devotees.
The Union Culture Ministry gave its nod for reopening of the 46 monuments under ASI in Odisha today. These centrally sponsored monuments include Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri and Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar.
However, the Jagannath Temple in Puri will remain closed for devotees and visitors till end of June 30. The temple administration had earlier said the Srimandir will remain shut for visitors till Niladri bije even if the Centre modifies guidelines.
In its order, Culture Ministry said that ASI shall ensure that preventive measures as stipulated in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, on 4.6.2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the religious places/places of worship are effectively put in place and scrupulously followed while opening and managing these Centrally Protected Monuments. ASI shall also further ensure that it follows all other directions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in this regard.
Ministry of Culture also requested ASI to share the list of these 820 CPMs proposed to be opened on 8.6.2020 with respective States and the Districts concerned and that any state and/or district-specific orders with regard to containment and prevention of spread of COVID- 19 are also comprehensively implemented.