In a major relief to photographers and historians, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has lifted a ban on photography inside centrally protected monuments. The restrictions will remain in place only in the mausoleum at Taj Mahal, the Ajanta Caves and the Leh Palace. This comes hours after PM Modi questioned the rules, saying prohibiting people from clicking photos wasn't right.
According to the earlier rules, photography wasn't allowed inside monuments and sites administered by the ASI. Explicit permission needed to be taken from ASI for such activities. Commercial photographers needed special licenses to work in protected monuments.
Yesterday, while inaugurating ASI's new headquarters, the 'Dharohar Bhawan,' at Tilak Marg in Delhi, Modi said, "Today, using space technology, a photograph can be taken of a scooter parked in a small lane of Delhi from thousands of miles away, but our monuments still display hoardings: 'photography prohibited'." "The times have changed, so has the technology," he added. ASI's order was out by the evening.
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