Under the scheme ‘Adopt a Heritage’, the Dalmia Bharat Group has adopted Delhi’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 Delhi and Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, the ministry said in a statement.
The opposition and historians have slammed the government over the move and questioned the scheme where private companies are given contracts to maintain historical heritage sites in the country.
In one of the historic deals ever won by a corporate house in India, Dalmia Bharat Limited on Saturday won contracts to adopt the iconic Red Fort monument in New Delhi and the Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. The 77-year-old corporate conglomerate beat IndiGo Airlines and the GMR group to bag the contract worth Rs 25 crores spanning five years (i.e. Rs 5 crore per year).