New Delhi, April 28: As Dalmia Bharat Group won a bid to ‘Adopt’ Red Fort, the Congress on Saturday hit out at Narendra Modi government asking which monuments the saffron party would “lease out to a private entity” next.
The party posted a poll on Twitter, After handing over the Red Fort to the Dalmia group, which is the next distinguished location that the BJP government will lease out to a private entity? Weather the Parliament, Lok Kalyan Marg or Supreme Court.
After handing over the Red Fort to the Dalmia group, which is the next distinguished location that the BJP government will lease out to a private entity? #IndiaSpeaks
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 28, 2018
The 77-year-old Dalmia Bharat group has a historic bid to adopt the 17th century Red Fort, built by India’s fifth Mughal ruler Shah Jahan, for a period of five years, at a cost of Rs 25 crore.
Earlier this week on April 24, the Dalima Bharat Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ministry of Tourism for adoption of Red Fort monument under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project, making it the first corporate house to adopt the iconic monument.
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. pic.twitter.com/WfsHBaWjGH
— Dalmia Bharat Group (@DalmiaBharat) April 24, 2018
The company will now be responsible for maintaining and revamping the Mughal era monument.
The BJP-led Centre’s move has also been questioned by author and historian William Dalrymple.
The ‘Adopt a Heritage’ (Apni Dharohar Apni Pehchan Project) scheme was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on September 17 last year, following which various companies volunteered to adopt the monument.