In order to improve the tourism experience and provide a boost to the sector, Ministry of Culture and Tourism has now come up with an ‘e-guide’ to historical monuments across the country. To help visitors in getting better information about artefacts and sculptures, the ‘e-guide’ which is a mobile application, will help them to gather more information about what interests them. For the visitors who had to pay for a guide earlier, will be able to take guided tours for free during their visits to monuments.
The mobile app was launched by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday, as reported by Indian Express. Since many historical monuments have poor telecom reception, the audio-visual app will work not on Internet, but on intranet. Sharma said that the app will change the visitors’ experience. The visitors will be able to connect their phones to the Intranet and scan the QR code beside each artefact and get all the details.
Not only this but in order to make the area near the monument clean and free from polythene bags, the culture and tourism secretary, N K Sinha said that the government is in conversation with states to ensure that an area up to 500 metres is kept polythene-free. At present, up to 300 m from the boundary of a protected monument is marked as a polythene-free zone. Sinha further added that the ministries of culture and drinking water and sanitation are working together to use Intranet to help track garbage in residential colonies.