Today in History: Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort on 29 April 1639 | Old Delhi

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Today in History: Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort on 29 April 1639 | Old Delhi

Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned construction of the Red Fort on 29 april 1639(26 Dhu’a 1048 hijri date) when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi.

Though the construction started in 13th May 1639 Originally red and white, the Shah’s favourite colours,its design is credited to architect Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, who also constructed the Taj Mahal and the Jama Masjid in Shahjahanabad.

The fort lies along the Yamuna River, which fed the moats-surrounding most of the walls.Construction began in the sacred month of Muharram, on 13 May 1639. Supervised by Shah Jahan, it was completed on 6 April 1648.Unlike other Mughal forts, the Red Fort’s boundary walls are asymmetrical to contain the older Salimgarh Fort.

The fortress-palace was a focal point of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad, which is present-day Old Delhi.

Its planning and aesthetics represent the zenith of Mughal creativity prevailing during Shah Jahan’s reign. His successor Aurangzeb added the Pearl Mosque to the emperor’s private quarters, constructing barbicans in front of the two main gates to make the entrance to the palace more circuitous.

Dalmia Bharat Group adopts Red Fort: ‘No profit activity will take place’, says government, The Group Adopted Red Fort Under “ADOPT A HERITAGE”

Source: Times of India

Dalmia Bharat Group adopts Red Fort: ‘No profit activity will take place’, The Group adopted Red Fort under “Adopt a Heritage” Project” Apni Dharohar Apni Pehchan.  

The project plans to entrust heritage sites/monuments and other tourist sites to private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. They would become ‘Monument Mitras’ and adopt the sites. The basic and advanced amenities of the tourist destinations would be provided by them. They would also look after the operations and the maintenance of the amenities.
The project would begin with 93 ASI ticketed monuments and would be expanded to other natural and cultural sites across India. The heritage sites are classified into various categories. The ‘Monument Mitras’ would take up the sites of varied visibility and footfall as a package. 
The ‘Monument Mitras’ would associate pride with their CSR activities. They would also get visibility in the monument premises and in the Incredible India website.The project aims to develop synergy among all partners.

Dalmia Group had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ministry of tourism to adopt the iconic Mughal-era monument for the next five years at a cost of Rs 25 crore. As per the agreement, the corporate giant would build basic infrastructure around the monument and maintain it.

“No profit activity will take place,”

Union minister Mahesh Sharma clarified today.The minister said that Dalmia Group has been assigned the task of adding value to the services being provided to tourists visiting the 17th-century monument. ( Source: TOI ) 

Now Let’s Understand What is “Adopt a Heritage” Scheme ?

This project is a key initiative of Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archeological Survey of India (ASI), to develop the heritage sites / monuments and making them tourist-friendly to enhance the tourism potential and their cultural importance in a planned and phased manner.

Who is Monument Mitra?

Successful bidders selected for adopting heritage sites / monuments by the Oversight and Vision Committee shall be called as Monument Mitras. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between Monument Mitra, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, Archaeological Survey of India and the concerned stakeholder from state.

How many monuments have been identified under the project?

Initially, 93 ASI monuments will be placed on offer to be selected as a package to the Private and Public Sector Companies and Individuals to develop Tourism friendly amenities in the Heritage Sites. Going forward to further phases of the project the list of heritage sites may get amended.

What is Vision Bidding?

Vision Bidding is the detailed proposal required to be submitted by the bidders post shortlisting carried out at EoI stage. The proposal preparation would require detailed situational analysis of the identified site, preparation of development plan, operations and maintenance framework, visibility and promotion plan as per detail process outlined in the scheme guidelines.

Does the bidder has the freedom to select heritage sites/ monuments under the project? 

Yes, the bidder has complete freedom to select monuments identified under the project. However, it is desirable that bidders base their package by selecting one monument from each category formulated by MoT on visibility and tourist footfall List of categorized monuments

What is the Asset Service Level Guidelines?

Asset Service Level Guidelines are set of basic design parameters convened to guide Monument Mitra in preparation of detailed design of various assets / infrastructure interventions identified under the development plan. The guidelines emphasize on accessibility for all, specially abled friendly design and world class service parameters for proposed tourist infrastructures at the selected Monument/ Heritage Sites under the project.

For more information about the scheme, you may visit : Adopt a Heritage Website

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