GOA: The ASI has introduced cashless payments at its heritage monuments, put in place registers to record details of visitors, and is restricting movement inside monuments to prevent the spread of the infection in the post lockdown reopening. “Our security personnel note down names, phone numbers and addresses of visitors so that they can be traced if necessary. All cash handling has been done away with. Payments for tickets for entry to the upper Fort Aguada and archaeological museum, Old Goa are made online and tickets are issued via e-mode,” an ASI official said.
While other ASI monuments, including the Se Cathedral, have opened to the public, the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, which received visitors by the thousands each day in pre-Covid times, as well as the St Cajetan Church in Old Goa, are yet to reopen. “We are making arrangements for the reopening along with the Archdiocese, ASI and the tourism department. We began the process sometime back, but there are some difficulties, which we are working on. All SOPs have to be put in place first to control the visitors,” rector of the Basilica, Fr Patricio Fernandes said.
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