Mitron, we just 'sold' the Red Fort!

PM Modi at the Red Fort

PM Modi at the Red Fort

"The MoU clearly states that in case of any violation of the laid down tenets, the MoU will stand revoked and that the ASI can take relevant action against the concerned party", Verma said.

"The MoU is "only" for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around the Red Fort".

"We will endeavour to make Red Fort a world-class monument in terms of amenities and experience", said Sundeep Kumar, the executive director of Dalmia Bharat. Does the BJP understand that every brick and mortar that every particle of dust in the Red Fort symbolizes the sacrifice of millions and millions of our country men who fought the Britishers and before that many other forces.

Red Fort at night. He also urged the adoptees to create awareness among other corporates and citizens to adopt the heritage sites that fall under the scheme. They might put up signs outside to say that they have developed the amenities. Does Prime Minister know that the corporate entity would now be charging money from ordinary Indians for even entering the Red Fort? While the Dalmia group has bagged Red Fort along with Gandikota Fort in Andhra Pradesh, it is also said to be in the final stages of bagging the contract for the Sun Temple in Konark.

Red Fort is said to be New Delhi's most iconic monument. It is where India's tricolour flag is hoisted on the Independence Day. Firstly, the government has promised the Dalmia Bharat Group that it would be held "harmless" in case the Archaeological Survey of India and others like Delhi's district collector decide to pursue any claims related to the work done on the monument. This includes various 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 centres among others.

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The tourism ministry has said that 31 firms, including Dalmia Bharat, have so far been approved to adopt 95 monuments and tourist sites with their corporate social responsibility funds.

"I want to ask the Congress what they did for the past 70 years. How can they hand it over to someone else just like that?"

Former Union culture secretary Jawhar Sircar told The Telegraph: "The government can always try an experiment but it is only the ASI that is mandated under law to preserve our irreplaceable monuments". "In some places, there were no facilities at all", he said.

Several opposition parties, including the Congress, the CPM and the TMC, have criticised the government for virtually handing over the symbol of India's Independence to a private party. IndiGo Airlines and the GMR group were also in the race to bag the project. Taj Mahal is also on this list. The idea is to look after operations at the fort and this Unesco world heritage site for the next five years. With specific reference to Dalmia Bharat being awarded adoption rights over Red Fort, the ministry said, "The agency was selected on the basis of unique concept of vision bid and no financial bid is involved".

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