Protected monuments declared ‘Polythene-Free Zones’

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To protect the environment and archaeological monuments, the Ministry of Culture has declared Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments and sites as  ‘Polythene Free Zone.’

All the field offices of ASI have been directed to ensure that the use of polythene is prohibited in areas protected by ASI.

In this regard Secretary Culture, has issued a letter to all the Chief Secretaries of States to provide their active cooperation for making centrally protected monuments as polythene free zone.

All the States and Union Territories have been directed to issue necessary direction to local Municipal bodies and concerned Departments to keep the area 300 metres from the boundary of a protected monument as polythene free zone.

This information was given by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge), in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

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