Centrally protected monuments Current Affairs - 2019

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10 Monuments to be open for public from sunrise till 9 PM

Union Culture and Tourism Minister of State (independent charge) Prahlad Patel announced that 10 centrally protected monuments across India will be open to public from sunrise till 9 p.m. Currently gates of most monuments are closed for visitors by 5:30-6 pm.

Key Highlights

Change in timings will be effective for a period of 3 years.

Extended timings will apply to-

  1. Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi
  2. Safdarjung Tomb in Delhi
  3. Rajarani Temple in Bhubaneswar
  4. Dulhadev Temple in Khajuraho
  5. Shekh Chilli Tomb in Kurukshetra
  6. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal in Karnataka
  7. Gol Gumbaj in Karnataka
  8. Group of Temples in Maharashtra (Markanda)
  9. Man Mahal in Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi)
  10. Rani ki Baav in Paatan, Gujarat.

Background

Proposal to keep some tourist sites open till 9 pm was 1st proposed by former Union Minister of State for Culture, and Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam who favoured that tourists should be given maximum opportunity to visit heritage sites.

Later a committee formed by two ministries (Culture Ministry and Tourism Ministry) to discuss proposals coming in from states had discussed 35 such monuments which were proposed to be kept open till 10 pm for public. However, a decision was taken by committee to introduce new timings in 10 of sites in first phase and restrict time till 9 pm.

Archaeological Survey of India allows photography at Centrally protected monuments

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has issued order allowing photography within premises of protected monuments and sites. The order was issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioned ASI’s rules prohibiting visitors from taking photographs at certain monuments while inaugurating ASI’s new headquarters Dharohar Bhawan in Delhi’s Tilak Marg area.

Key Facts

Under the new order, photography will be allowed within premises of Centrally protected monuments maintained and managed by ASI. However photography will remain prohibited near Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace (both housing paintings that can be damaged by camera flash) and mausoleum of Taj Mahal

ASI administers and manages 3,686 ancient monuments and archaeological sites, and remains of national importance. Earlier, historians, academicians and professional photographers were required to take permission from ASI for photography in protected monuments.