Indian govt hands over Red Fort to private company

Red Fort adoption

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera cast aspersions on the government's commitment to the idea of India and the history of India.

On the occasion, Sundeep Kumar, Executive Director, Dalmia Bharat said, "We are grateful to the Ministry of Tourism for trusting us and giving us this opportunity".

"After handing over Red Fort to Dalmia group, which is the next distinguished location that BJP government will lease out to a private entity", the Congress asked in a tweet, seeking votes on whether it will be Parliament, Lok Kalyan Marg (Race Course Road where PM lives), Supreme Court or all of them.

A Union tourism ministry statement said the pact was "only for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort".

According to the Britannica, The fort's massive red sandstone walls, which stand 75 feet (23 metres) high, enclose a complex of palaces and entertainment halls, projecting balconies, baths and indoor canals, and geometrical gardens, as well as an ornate mosque. Red Fort being 'sold '? He also urged the adoptees to create awareness among other corporates and citizens to adopt the heritage sites that fall under the scheme. The basic and advanced amenities of the tourist destinations would be provided by them. Just wait for another announcement on the Taj Mahal as a decision is at an advanced stage, he said.

Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546. It is where India's flag is hoisted on Independence Day.

Also, a proper sign would be installed on the historical monument to let people know that it has been adopted by the Dalmia Bharati Group.

The Centre on Sunday said that a private body's decision to adopt the Red Fort in New Delhi under the government's "Adopt a Heritage" scheme did not mean the monument had been "handed over" to the company.

"If they are spending money, there is nothing wrong in taking credit for it", he said.

"Under the project, 31 agencies referred as "Monument Mitras" have been approved so far to adopt 95 monuments/ tourist sites located across India".

"We have taken steps they could not take in 60 years. In some places, there were no facilities at all", he said.

Meanwhile, the Congress criticized the move for giving monument's responsibility to a private company.

Tasks that need to be completed within two years include setting-up exhibitions in cells under the Asad Burj, virtual reality-based monument interpretation, building night trails and structural illumination of the entire Red Fort. "There is no profitmaking in this scheme, nor does it allow partners, public or private, to touch the monuments".

It would be responsible for providing basic services like drinking water kiosks, street-furniture like benches and shop signage, putting up tactile maps, upgrading sanitation services, lighting up Red Fort pathways, doing restoration work and much more.

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