With a view to improve cleanliness at monuments, Union Tourism Ministry has written to state governments asking them to help extend the ban on polythene beyond the radius of 100 metres to 300 meters around the centrally protected archaeological sites.
On October 2, the government had announced a complete ban on polythene in the radius of 100 metres around over 3,680 monuments which are under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The area between 100 to 300 meters around the monuments which is called regulated zone falls under the jurisdiction of the state governments.
“We have issued advisory to all state governments/UTs to help in extending the polythene-free initiative beyond the 100 meter radius to 300 meters around the protected monuments,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma told a joint press conference on ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ along with Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
He said his ministry also plans to bring in some laws to impose strict implementation of the polythene-free initiative in the areas which are under the jurisdiction of ASI.
An official said the initiative will be reviewed after a month to decide whether there is any need to impose fines on offenders.
Sharma also announced sanctioning of Rs 350 crore to provide facilities like protected boundaries, toilets and disabled friendly access in all the ASI monuments.
He also said that 75 monuments, including Safdarjung Tomb and Purana Qila in Delhi and Agra Fort and Akbar’s Tomb in Uttar Pradesh, have been added to the list of existing 25 monuments under Adarsh Smarak Scheme for upgradation of tourist related amenities.
These monuments are also covered under ‘Swachh Paryatan Mobile App’ through which general public can communicate their complaints about any unclean area or garbage piles in and around the tourist destination.