In what turned out to be a surprising or
bang on decision by the BJP led centre government, saying that the
Dalmia-Bharat group has signed contract to adopt the most famous Mughal era
monument the “red fort”, the government has taken this decision on Saturday
which gave enough chance for the opposition to badmouth the government once
again. The opposition strongly felt that this was a step by the government in
direction of privatization whereas the government is dismissing all such
allegation aimed against them saying that it is not a profit making activity
but something that will give chance to the company to work for its betterment.
The Dalmia-Bharat group has signed a 5 year
contract with the government by signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU)saying
that the company will adopt the heritage site at the whooping cost of 25 crore
and in return the company will look after the provision for basic amenities and
infrastructure around the monument and they will further work for its
maintainence.it is believed that the monument which holds a special place in
the historicity of the capital is being visited by large number of tourists
every year and to provide the best of both worlds to the visiting tourists and
visitors the contract has been signed with the company.
The tourism ministry is very optimistic
about the success of the project citing that the group is capable enough to
look into the details with great precision. The ministry even confirmed that
they will strictly follow every rule set out for the project and one such
condition is that during the 5 year contract period no profit activity would
take place. The ministry further clarified that under the adopt a heritage
scheme which was announced by the president of India on the world tourism day,
the Dalmia-Bharat group came forward and was given the rights to some services
of red fort for its up gradation to a better level. They have been given the
responsibility to provide basic amenities as creating toilets, provide drinking
waters etc. within a period of six months.
But as is it is the case with India always
the opposition created a lot of hue and cry over this decision some believe
that the privatization of monuments is taking place and the country is not
witnessing the Acche Din , some like Mamta Bannerjee are terming it to be very
sad day in the history of our country as the government don’t have funds to
take of its monuments and the much learned of the squad, Derek o brian too
condemned this decision by the government.
If we continue to cry over small issues or
if we won’t let the country progress then surely Acche din will be distant
dreams. There are many countries in the world who follow these type
conservation and restoration work. This is an internationally accepted practice
and it is seen that the monuments get uplifted and gets new lease of life in a
very structural way.
Italy, Spain, Egypt and Germany are few of
the countries who took advantage of this scheme and the heritage sites are
breathing new lives. A German company claims to have cleaned more than 100
monuments across the globe as its job.
If a company is working on a no profit
model to revamp the historic monuments to increase their price value then in my
opinion it’s not a decision that should be regretted. The people in our country
believe more in criticism rather than in constructive measures. Whatever be the
case the contract has been signed and the work will begin soon we should hope
that with whatever thought process the project was flagged off it should be
successful and noteworthy and to call it the selling of red fort won’t be the right
thing to say.