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More monuments throughout India will reopen after consulting with the State governments

Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel said that more monuments can be expected to open soon.

Akbar Tomb
Akbar Tomb in Agra, Uttar Pradesh (image source: wikimedia commons)

Since the beginning of this month, all monuments that are governed by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) were opened. There are over 800 more monuments throughout India that remain closed. This includes the Taj Mahal as well. Taj Mahal was opened at the beginning of this month but then again it was closed. The Agra government-backed on their decision to open it because of the fear of an increase in the number of COVID cases.

The Tourism Minister of India, Mr. Prahlad Patel said the remaining monuments should open only if they can follow the safety protocols. All the state governments will have to agree and after consultation with the states, a decision to open these monuments can be made.

According to the recent announcement by the District Magistrate of Agra monuments such as the Taj Mahal, Akbar Tomb, and Agra fort will continue to remain closed until further notice. All these monuments are located in high-risk areas.

All the authorities have been working towards implementing all the necessary safety guidelines to ensure the health of all visitors in and around the monuments.

More details regarding the opening of the remaining monuments will be announced in the coming weeks.

The following news report from ‘India Today’ on July 5th reports about the announcement of opening of monuments across India.

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