Dalmia Bharat Group wins historic Rs 25 crore bid contract to maintain Red Fort

The Dalmia Group has adopted the Red Fort, one of India’s most prominent historic monuments. According to Business Standard, the Dalmia Group has bagged the contract for Rs 25 crore after beating IndiGo Airlines and the GMR group. It won the prestigious contract under the Indian government’s ‘adopt a heritage’ scheme.

The project is a key initiative of Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archeological Survey of India (ASI), to develop the heritage sites/monuments and making them tourist-friendly to enhance the tourism potential and their cultural importance in a planned and phased manner.

Talking about the ‘Adopt a heritage’ scheme, the project plans to entrust heritage sites and other tourist sites to private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. The scheme was launched by the president on September 17, 2017, following which various companies volunteered to adopt the monument.

Meanwhile, under this scheme, the Dalmia Group will provide drinking water kiosks, street furniture-like benches and shop signage within six months. It will then have to put up upgrade toilets, light up the Red Fort pathways and bollards, tactile maps, restore work and landscaping, build a 1,000-square-foot visitor facility centre, 3-D projection mapping of the Red Fort’s interior and exterior, battery-operated vehicles and charging stations for such vehicles and a thematic cafeteria within a year.

The conglomerate may also charge people visiting the Red Fort after getting clearances from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism. Any revenue generated through the activities planned will have to be used for the Fort’s development and maintenance.

The heritage monuments taken up for ‘adoption’ by private groups include Delhi’s Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, Purana Qila, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Agrasen ki Baoli, Odisha’s Sun Temple, Ratnagiri monuments and the Rajarani temple, the ruins of Hampi in Karnataka, the Leh Palace and Stok Kangri in Jammu & Kashmir, Anjanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra, Mattancherry Place in Kochi, Gangotri Temple and the Gomukh trail in Uttarakhand.


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