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From parking to Red Fort, it’s a long walk

The Red Fort is one of the centerpieces of Indian democracy — the prime minister delivers the Independence Day speech from its ramparts every year — but for tourists who visit it daily, it is just another monument, Nivedita Khandekar reports.

delhi Updated: Feb 11, 2013 02:18 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

This fort is one of the centerpieces of Indian democracy — the prime minister delivers the Independence Day speech from its ramparts every year — but for tourists who visit it daily, it is just another monument.

One of the most pertinent problems is the unavailability of government-approved guides. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/2/11_02_13-metro4d.jpg

Tourists often complain about the lack of trained professional who could interpret the intriguing history of the Mughal seat of power for them.

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The parking for the monument is located about more than half a kilometre away, making it difficult — especially for children and the elderly — to reach the fort in the absence of a shuttle service. Some also complain about lack of signages to guide the visitors.

For a monument with an average daily footfall of 10,000, the Red Fort complex does not have an as elementary a facility as a first-aid box.

By the admission of DG, ASI, none of the three world heritage sites in Delhi had first-aid facility. When HT asked security guards and the ASI staff at the Red Fort about the availability of first-aid box, the answer was ‘no’. But it turned out that the first-aid box is kept at the Red Fort office, but not all the staff members are aware of it.

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