The Central Government has started a scheme ‘Adopt a Heritage’. As the name suggests, one has to adopt a heritage monument under this scheme. Nowadays, Central Government is involving private companies to look after tourist infrastructure. Under this, a total of 24 iconic monuments, heritage and cultural sites from Rajasthan have been identified.
Heritage sites from Rajasthan under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme
The adoption will be done in phases. Like, in Phase 2 and 3 of the scheme historic sites like Jaisalmer Fort, Nahargargh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Amber Fort have been named while the Phase 4 has 12 more projects.
Considering the list of monuments open for adoption in 2018, it includes Chand Baori, Bharatpur Fort (Bharatpur), Shergarh Fort (Dholpur), Taragarh Fort (Bundi), Deeg Palaces (Bharatpur), Bhangarh Fort, Mahal Badshahi (Pushkar) and Mandore Fort (Jodhpur).
Meeting on adoption of Heritage monuments
For the adoption of the monuments, a meeting will be held on May 7 by director general of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Delhi. The meeting will have participation of officials of the tourism department and ASI. In the meeting, there will be discussion on the ways to make the adoption scheme effective.
What is ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme?
The project is a key initiative of Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India. This scheme allows private and public companies as well as individuals to participate in a ‘vision bidding’.
In this, the successful bidders become ‘Monument Mitras’ and provide basic and advanced amenities for the ‘adopted’ site. As per government guidelines, these partners are required to look after operations and maintenance of the site for a period of five years.
Opposition over ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme
There is criticism by opposition over the involvement of private sector in maintenance of India’s heritage pride.
Countering this, the tourism ministry said that it is not privatisation” of heritage sites. People are being misinformed in the names of Adopt a Heritage Scheme.