Red Fort Row: Why ‘Adopt a Heritage’ is not India’s problem solverPlucTV
Ever since the Indian Government launched ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme, it has come under a lot of scanner by different members of the society, especially the historians. One of the major voices on this issue is Ms. Rana Safvi. She has put forward a point that shows that the scheme is depriving the monuments of its core value; keeping it alive and restoring it.
A similar kind of work was done by the Aga Khan Foundation when they helped in restoring as well as the maintenance of the work in Humayun’s Tomb as well as Nizamuddin basti. But ‘Monument Mitra’ won’t be doing any restoration to the heritage sites but will work only on the maintenance part of it.
Taking up the issue of Red Fort, which was given to ‘Dalmia Bharat Ltd.’ group for a sum of ₹25 crore for a period of five years will only work in providing amenities like wifi, cleaner toilets, brochures amidst better tourist functions. The group is going to get all the ticket sales from Red Fort. The prices of the tickets have increased every year since 2014 where the estimate the ticket sales were priced at ₹6 crores.
Another aspect mentioned in the scheme is to do with the illumination of the monument. When that happens, more wires will be needed to be put in leading to more damages of the monuments. And the group won’t be taking care of the damages caused to the monument.
Another major loophole is that no historian was apart of the committee set up by the Government when Adopt a heritage scheme was formed. Hence, it’s no wonder that no one has cared about the restoration of the monument.
The next question is, what will one of the world’s seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal look like after being adopted?