Of around 37,000 population, only 28 active Covid-positive cases; wearing masks compulsory inside all five settlements
A prison official told AFP on condition of anonymity that jails across the country will start freeing more than 23,000 people on Saturday.
Buddhist relics in Vaikuntapuram were first reported by British archaeologists 125 years ago, he added.
The State government issued a GO on February 12 with regard to the extent of protected area under the Monuments and Archaeological Act.
Around 330 monks have been tested and 154 were found to be infected with the virus in the last eight days, Gurdarshan Gupta, the district's Chief Medical Officer of Kangra district, said.
Sawant's remarks came after Union minister Ramdas Athawale demanded such law in the coastal state during their meeting here.
By incorporating Buddha's ancient way of eating and present-day scientific research on food, the Buddha Diet promotes a lifestyle change.
Some extremist Buddhist monks have spewed anti-Muslim hate speech in Myanmar for years, helping to calcify attitudes towards Rohingya Muslims.