The Dalmia Group To Adopt Red Fort

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The adoption of the iconic Red Fort by the private entity Dalmia Bharat under the Centre’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Project has kicked up a storm with many in the Opposition terming it as an attack on the idea of India and comparing it to pawning off the family jewels. The Dalmia Group was chosen over InterGlobe Foundation, the parent company of IndiGo Airlines, and the GMR group, who had also expressed interest in adopting the ‘Laal Quila’. On April 24, the Group announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which it committed Rs. 25 crore over a five-year-period for the upkeep of the national treasure. The ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project, brainchild of Ministry of Tourism, along with the Ministry of Culture and the Archaeological Survey of India, was launched on World Tourism Day 2017 by President Ram Nath Kovind. It aims to develop the monuments, heritage and tourist sites across India by inviting corporate entities, public sector companies or individuals to ‘adopt’ them for a period of five years.