The Taj Mahal would soon be given a facelift under an MoU to be signed by the Union Tourism and Culture Ministry with an industry player for maintenance of world heritage monuments.
Besides the Taj Mahal, the Qutub Minar and Red Fort in Delhi had also been identified under the project, Union Tourism Secretary Sujit Banerjee told reporters after the inauguration of a seminar on the role of corporate sector in tourism here.
“The infrastructure of the country and the maintenance of world heritage monuments is of great concern to us and, therefore, an MoU would be signed with the Indian Association of Tour Operators soon,” he said.
“Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Qutub-Minar, Red Fort and Agra Fort have been initially identified for maintenance,” he said, adding the lease period for maintenance of these monuments would be 33 or 66 years.
Though the Archaelogical Survey of India would manage the heritage monuments, private parties would maintain them.
He also said a sum of Rs 512 crore had been allocated for upgradation of tourism infrastructure facilities across the country.
Responding to a query, Banerjee said if any private party expressed interest in maintenance of heritage structures in Tamil Nadu or in any other state, the Centre would give its nod.