Pune, 18th September 2021: District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has allowed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments in the Pune district to open for the citizens.
The Archaeological Survey of India had requested the Pune District Collector to open the monuments in the Pune district on 14th August. Accordingly, the District Collector issued an order in this regard on Thursday.
The order states that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, as well as the rules on physical distance, masks and handwashing will be binding on the site, which will be the responsibility of the Archaeological Survey of India. Since the order is for only monuments, caves and forts, they have been opened and while temples will remain closed.
“According to the order, the famous Karla Caves, Bhaje Caves, Bedse Caves, Lohgad, Visapur and Rajmachi forts in Maval taluka have been opened to the public”, said Ashok Bhopale of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Bhopale said, ”The gates of Karla Caves and Lohgad fort have been opened since Friday. While giving tickets to see the caves, we are telling the tourists to visit only the caves. The temple of Ekvira Devi is closed.”Follow Punekar News: