Letters of Intent awarded to 9 agencies for 22 monuments

The Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), has conducted the 3rd Award Ceremony of Adopt a Heritage Project at New Delhi for awarding the Letters of Intent to the shortlisted agencies under Phase IV of the project.

The project ‘Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan’ was launched on 27th September 2017, that aims to preserve the rich natural heritage and culture of India, for the smooth promotion of tourism to the country.

Under the Phase -4 of the project, around 22 monuments has been undertaken by 9 agencies to ‘protect, preserve and market’ the heritage of India. List of sites include Lotus Mahal located at Hampi in Karnataka, Elephant Stables, Ancient Pathway revival from Virupaksha Temple to Vitthala Temple, Krishna Temple, Ramappa Temple, Taj Mahal, Agha Khan Palace, Chittorgarh Fort, Mehrauli Archeological Park, Gol Gumbad, Tigar Path at Mount Abu in Rajasthan etc.

During the occasion, K J Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism, asked the stakeholders to ‘protect, preserve and market’ the heritage of India. The Minister also emphasised on creation of awareness amongst the corporates and citizens to adopt heritage sites under the project for creation, operation and maintenance of basic and advanced amenities at tourist destinations. The event had a discussion session with the stakeholders in which the concerns and suggestions were made to the Minister and Ministry officials.

As on date, the project has received very encouraging response with over 195 registrations as per the project website. Various agencies that have come forward for adoption include not only public and private industry, but also schools and individuals. So far, 31 prospective monument mitras have been shortlisted by the Oversight & Vision committee for developing tourist-friendly amenities at 95 monuments, heritage and other tourist sites