The sun temple’s world-famous heritage site at Konark is also known as Black Pagoda, reopens on Tuesday. More than five months of bounds for visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been finally released.
After the discussion of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) with the district administration, the Black Pagoda reopens for the public as per the unlock 4 guidelines of the central government and State government.
ASI Superintendent Arun Mallick said they had already received the instructions for reopening of the temple from the Centre. However, they were waiting for the guidelines of the State government.
As per the guidelines issued by the government of India and the Odisha government is going to be followed while allowing the visitors to the site, the thermal screening of visitors will be conducted at the entry point.
QR code has been installed outside the temple for visitors as manual booking of tickets will not be done as of now, So visitors can book their tickets by scanning the QR code any making payment online, said Arun Mallick.
As far as safety is concerned, precaution has been taken to control the crowd, and per day 4500 tourists will be allowed into the temple site, the ASI superintendent further said.
In order to control the crowd, in the first half of the day, 2500 visitors will be allowed, and 2000 visitors in the second half, said Arun Mallick.
Top tourist and religious sites in Odisha, including Sun Temple in Konark, Puri Srimandir, and Shanti Stupa (peace pagoda) at Dhauli, shut their doors for visitors as the lockdown began.
These religious sites are going to open soon as per the unlock 4.0 guidelines.
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