New Delhi: In a historic move, a private company Dalmia Bharat Limited has been ‘handed over’ the Red Fort, which is India’s one of the most important monuments.
“Dalmia Bharat Limited, Ministry of Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India sign MoU to take up the Red Fort, Delhi and Gandikota Fort, Kadapa. @KJAlphons @tourismgoi @DalmiaBharat Becomes the first corporate to sign a MOU under the Government’s “Adopt a Heritage” project,” the company tweeted.
The sources say that the order has been to the Dalmia group for Rs 25 crore for 4 years. As per the order, the Dalmia group will take care of the maintenance and repair of the iconic monument; but ahead of August 15, when Prime Minister addresses the nation from Red Fort, the monument will be handed over to the security agencies. The same will be on by July 23.
Under the famous Central scheme ‘Adopt a Heritage’, the Dalmia Group has adopted Shah Jahan’s Red Fort becoming the first-ever corporate company to bag the contract to adopt a historical monument for a whopping Rs 25 crore.
The contract spans for five years. The scheme, under the Tourism Ministry, was started last year where the government and private parties are invited to operate and maintain heritage sites.
The ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dalmia Bharat and Archeological Survey of India under the scheme to adopt the Red Fort in New Delhi and Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, the ministry said in a statement.