HT Image
HT Image

Tourists keep an arm’s distance from Delhi monuments over corona fears

By Adrija Roychowdhury
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2020 12:06 AM IST

New Delhi: With panic over the novel coronavirus continuing to mount, monuments in the city have begun to wear a deserted look.

Footfall at the three Unesco world heritage sites in the city — Red Fort, Qutub Minar complex, and Humayun’s Tomb — have been affected significantly, data from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) suggests. Red Fort and Qutub Minar each saw 10,000 fewer visitors per week in March than in the first two weeks of February this year. At Humayun’s Tomb, the weekly footfall this month has been 6,000 lesser than in February.

The national capital recorded its first case of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on March 2, after which several measures have been put in place to control the spread of the virus, including schools and colleges being shut and advisories being issued, asking people to avoid crowded places and large gatherings.

While the Red Fort receives approximately 10,000 tourists a day, making it the most visited monument in the city, it is followed by Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb, each of which receive 6,000-7,000 tourists a day.

“While the coronavirus has indeed played a factor in affecting tourism in the monuments, other factors such as the onset of board examinations this time of the year also need to be taken into consideration to make a fair analysis of the situation,” an official from the ASI said.

“However, we are extremely concerned about the safety of tourists and our staff. We have provided masks and hand sanitisers to all our staff inside monuments and have also instructed them on precautions to be taken during their training sessions,” the official said.

Heritage activist Vikramjeet Singh Rooprai said that while this is usually the best time of year to visit monuments because of the weather, the coronavirus outbreak this year tourism has been affected. “I had a walk at Qutub Minar scheduled for this weekend, which got cancelled. I had walks planned the following week at Safdarjung tomb and Mehrauli, all of which stand cancelled now,” he said. “I advise all those coming with me on walks to take precautions like carrying a sanitiser and covering face while coughing or sneezing. After all, how long can people stay at home?” he added.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
The sanitation workers who held a protest outside the BBMP headquarters on Wednesday said that workers who have died while on duty did not receive any compensation either from the government or the civic body. (HT PHOTO).
The sanitation workers who held a protest outside the BBMP headquarters on Wednesday said that workers who have died while on duty did not receive any compensation either from the government or the civic body. (HT PHOTO).

Mural on BBMP building lauds sanitation staff as they protest for better wages

PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:54 PM IST
  • The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Pourakarmika Sangha has been protesting demanding equal pay for equal work and minimum wages of 30,000 for all workers.
Close
A health worker takes a sample from a woman for Covid-19 test (PTI)
A health worker takes a sample from a woman for Covid-19 test (PTI)

Rajasthan makes RT-PCR tests mandatory for arrivals from Maharashtra, Kerala

By HT Correspondent, Jaipur
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:53 PM IST
  • The decision was taken in a review meeting chaired by chief minister Ashok Gehlot at his residence.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Pedestrians irked as hawkers encroach footpath on FC road

By Jigar Hindocha
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:50 PM IST
PUNE After missing several deadlines the smart footpath project on Fergusson College road is finally complete, but pedestrians still find it difficult to use it as the footpath has been occupied by illegal hawkers for selling products like clothes, accessories among others
Close
HT Image
HT Image

6 booked for threatening, abusing PMC officials during anti-encroachment drive

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:47 PM IST
PUNE Six residents of the Bhimnagar slum area were booked for threatening and abusing officials of the anti-encroachment department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Wednesday
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Five officials of auto firm booked after worker dies; wife alleges robot caused fatal mishap

By HTC
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:47 PM IST
PUNE: Five officials of an automobile multinational were booked after a worker died on the company premises Wednesday morning in Chakan
Close
HT Image
HT Image

PMC to float fresh tender for cat sterilisation

By Siddharth Gadkari
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:31 PM IST
Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to float fresh tender for cat sterilisation after the last year’s plan did not take off due to the Covid-19 situation
Close
HT Image
HT Image

2 members of Ghaywal gang held, 6 booked for wrongfully taking car from rental service for “rally”

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:26 PM IST
PUNE The Pune police arrested two and booked six other aides of externee Nilesh Ghaywal for extortion after they wrongfully took a four-wheeler vehicle from a local rental service to hold a “rally” for Ghaywal
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Malls begin to restrict customer entry to ensure no overcrowding

By HTC
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:13 PM IST
PUNE Following the imposition of some curbs by district administration, many commercial establishments and malls have started restricting the entry of customers people inside the premises
Close
HT Image
HT Image

SSC, HSC exams to be held offline; practicals in April 1st week, written papers 3 weeks after that

By Manasi Deshpande
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:09 PM IST
PUNE The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has made it clear that it is prepared to carry out the SSC and HSC exams offline, though if the present Covid spike continues, the board officials claim they have “plan B” ready
Close
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav(PTI)
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav(PTI)

Bihar saw 8-fold growth in budget size under both RJD and NDA: Tejashwi Yadav

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:06 PM IST
Participating in a debate in the assembly on the 2021-22 Bihar budget in the assembly, Yadav said its size was 3000 crore in 1990 which increased to 24,000 crore, a growth of eight times, in 2005 when RJD was in power.
Close
An electric car charging station is positioned outside the Science Museum where Virginia State Senators are meeting for their 2021 legislative session in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Virginia lawmakers are considering final passage for a bill that aims to reduce carbon pollution by getting more electric vehicles on the road. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(AP)
An electric car charging station is positioned outside the Science Museum where Virginia State Senators are meeting for their 2021 legislative session in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Virginia lawmakers are considering final passage for a bill that aims to reduce carbon pollution by getting more electric vehicles on the road. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(AP)

Delhi govt announces key decision on EVs , Kejriwal says every Indian is proud

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:53 PM IST
The Delhi government had also launched a campaign on Tuesday to encourage private vehicle owners to shift to electric vehicles.
Close
As many as 301 cases were registered in Shimla district and 229 in Mandi, while 221 cases were registered in Kullu and 206 in the police district of Baddi. (HT File)
As many as 301 cases were registered in Shimla district and 229 in Mandi, while 221 cases were registered in Kullu and 206 in the police district of Baddi. (HT File)

Year on, demand to cancel cases against Covid-19 guideline violators in HP

By Gaurav Bisht, Shimla
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:19 PM IST
Though the BJP government is undecided, the issue is likely to come up in the budget session of the assembly, beginning on Friday
Close
Image for representation. (AP File Photo for representational purpose)
Image for representation. (AP File Photo for representational purpose)

In Uttarakhand, police to reward brides who say no to booze at their weddings

By Kalyan Das, Dehradun
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 05:30 PM IST
  • The initiative, Bhuli (sister in Garhwali language) Kanyadan, is the brainchild of Devprayag station house officer.
Close
A BMC health worker takes a sample from a woman for Covid-19 test, at a housing society in Dadar, Mumbai on February 24. (PTI)
A BMC health worker takes a sample from a woman for Covid-19 test, at a housing society in Dadar, Mumbai on February 24. (PTI)

Active Covid-19 cases in Mumbai up by around 64% in a fortnight

By Mehul R Thakkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:49 PM IST
The city reported over 1,000 daily cases almost after three months on Wednesday. Mumbai had 4,197 active cases on February 11. They increased to 6,900 on February 24
Close
State Bhavan canteens in Delhi are once again welcoming foodies, with Covid-19 precautions in place. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)
State Bhavan canteens in Delhi are once again welcoming foodies, with Covid-19 precautions in place. (Photo: Manoj Verma/HT)

State Bhavan canteens aka foodie’s delight: Heart of the state, back on a plate!

By Mallika Bhagat, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:39 PM IST
Without worrying about the pandemic or crossing the city’s borders, head to these recently reopened State Bhavans in Delhi for economical, authentic regional fare.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP