Shooting social media reels at Hampi monuments new headache for authorities

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Locals are upset that tourists are damaging the Vijayanagara era monuments.

BALLARI: Despite being declared a Unesco World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hampi seem to lack any kind of protection with tourists and shockingly, even registered guides, shooting video reels at the different monuments.

A registered tourist guide has also been making social media reels.

Crores of rupees are spent every year for the maintenance of the historical structures, and the acts of tourists and guides have come in for criticism from netizens. Hampi resident Hemanth, who is also a registered tourist guide, has also been shooting reels at the monuments.

Tourists can be seen climbing on various monuments which date back to the Vijayanagar kingdom an shooting reels with no one to restrict them. Surprisingly, the security guards posted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) also do nothing about it.

The popular choices of the social media reel makers include the famous stone chariot, the Mahanavami Dibba and Vijaya Vitthala temple. Locals have demanded that the authorities act against such elements and protect the monuments.

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