In a step towards ensuring cleanliness of tourist spots, the Tourism Ministry has declared all ASI-protected monuments and archaeological sites as ‘polythene-free zones’. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, MoS Culture and Tourism Mahesh Sharma said advisories have been issued to all the state governments to support the ASI in keeping the monuments polythene-free, up to 300 metres from their protected boundaries.
Sharma said the ministry has sanctioned Rs 350 crore to construct protected boundaries and disabled-friendly access at all ASI monuments. He added that the ASI has also ranked top 25 Adarsh monuments on the basis of various cleanliness parameters with Rani ki Vav in Gujarat being declared the cleanest monument in India.
Further, 75 other Adarsh monuments have been identified to be included in the ‘Swachh Paryatan Mobile App’, which enables citizens to take photographs of garbage at the monuments and send an SMS to the ASI’s nodal officer, who will confirm the complaint’s redressal.