The Dalmia Bharat group will carry out a major facelift of the Red Fort’s surroundings under the contract.
The Hush Post: The 17th century Red Fort in Delhi will be managed and maintained by the Dalmia Bharat group for the next five years. The conglomerate has become the first corporate house in India’s history to adopt a historical monument in a contract worth Rs 25 crore for five years. The Dalmia Bharat group will carry out a major facelift of the Red Fort’s surroundings under the contract.
Dalmia Bharat Limited had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) earlier this month under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project (Apni Dharohar Apni Pehchan Project). The deal was made public last week. Besides, a contract related to Gandikota Fort in Andhra Pradesh has also been given to the group.
“Just look at some of the castles in Europe which are a fraction of the Red Fort’s size but are so meticulously maintained. We will develop the monument on similar lines and it will be among the world’s best,” Business Standard quoted Mahendra Singhi, the group CEO of Dalmia Bharat Cement as saying.
Under the project, the Dalmia group will construct, landscape, illuminate and maintain activities related to provision and development of tourist amenities. This includes basic and advanced amenities such as public conveniences, clean drinking water, cleanliness of the monument, accessibility for all, signage, cloakroom facilities, illumination and night viewing, surveillance system, tourist facilitation-cum-interpretation centre.
Meanwhile, another two companies, ITC and GMR have shown interest in adopting the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.
The ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project was launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of Tourism Day last year. This was part of the PM Modi administration’s plan to allow corporate control of some monuments and heritage sites, so that their maintenance and operations could be handled more professionally.