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Hampi monuments open for tourists from Monday

Ballari, July 06:-- After three months of Lockdown, the tourists can now visit world heritage site Hampi and Asia’s largest single Rock Mountain and  Tippu Fort at Ballari from Monday, after following neccesary guidelines.

Ballari Deputy Commissioner SS Nakul gave the permission to unlock the monuments for the tourists, as per the Ministry of Cultural Department guidelines.
M Kalimuttu, senior officer of Archeological Survey of India, Said, “District administration has allowed tourists to visit monuments in Hampi and Ballari. We have opened four ticket counters at Vijaya Vittala Temple, Lotus Mahal, Kamalapura Museum and at Ballari Tippu Fort.”
On Monday, local and foreign tourists visited Hampi but most were seen not practicing social distancing, wearing face masks or using sanitizers.
Ramesh, a resident of Hampi said, “We welcome the central government order for allowing tourists at Hampi and its monuments, but supervision needs to be done as many were seen violating Covid-19 guidelines.”
 Rangaswamy, a photographer at Hampi said, “Guides, auto -rickshaw drivers, hoteliers, and others will get business if tourists visit Hampi but we are worried about the Covid-19 guidelines. Police, ASI, and others should engage in strict vigilance at the sites.”
All centrally protected monuments and sites are bound by the protocol issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.  
Entry tickets should be issued by e-mode only and digital payment will be allowed at other areas. Also a check will be kept on the tourist flow.
The visitors should follow social distancing. The use of face cover/mask is mandatory. All entrances should have mandatory hand hygiene and thermal scanning provisions. Also specific instructions with respect to monument premises have been issued including crowding, photography, light and sound shows and so on. Cleaning and sanitization of monuments and museums including toilet blocks, benches and frequently-used surfaces should be done at regular intervals.
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