Facing a shortage of manpower, the Archaeological Survey of India has decided to outsource the conservation of monuments, starting with certain portions of the Red Fort and Safdarjung Tomb in the capital.
Some buildings in the Red Fort complex that are of relatively recent origin, belonging to the 1930s and portions of the Safdarjung Tomb have been outsourced to private parties, ASI Director General C Babu Rajeev said in New Delhi.
"In fact, we are suffering from shortage of manpower. Hence, the decision to outsource some of the conservation work," he said.
"We have limited manpower, but the work has been increasing constantly. This is one way we can cope with the increased work load," Rajeev said.
However, only relatively modern monuments will be given to private agencies for restoration and maintenance work, he said.
"We will especially outsource the conservation of those places which do not require much technical expertise," he said.
Rajeev said the private parties to be entrusted with the renovation work will be selected through a thorough process keeping in mind their expertise and experience.
As many as 3667 monuments and sites across the country are under the protection of the ASI.