TMC wants Centre to scrap ‘adoption’ of Red Fort, says Derek O’Brien

TMC MP Derek O’Brien refuted reports that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism, that he heads, approved the tourism ministry’s proposal to go ahead with a “corporate adoption” of the Red Fort.
File photo of the Red Fort in New Delhi.
File photo of the Red Fort in New Delhi.
Published on May 02, 2018 04:41 PM IST
Copy Link
Press Trust of India, New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday demanded that the government immediately scrap plans of letting a private company “adopt” the iconic Red Fort.

After reports of the government’s decision to allow the Dalmia Bharat Ltd to maintain and develop the monument, TMC MP Derek O’Brien refuted reports that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism, that he heads, approved the tourism ministry’s proposal to go ahead with a “corporate adoption” of the Red Fort.

“Our leader (TMC chief) Mamata Banerjee had earlier tweeted and said that the government must put a stop to its decision of allowing private companies to adopt the Red Fort. The TMC wants immediate scrapping of the decision,” the TMC leader told PTI.

He said the ministry had presented the idea called “Adopt a Heritage” to the committee in February 2018 for adopting 100 monuments.

“Though I cannot disclose the verbatim records of the meetings, we had serious reservations about the execution of the government’s ideas. We made some concrete suggestions like doing a prototype (pilot) on one or two of the monuments before proceeding at all with the idea. They never got back to us. The next thing we see is the Dalmia-Red Fort deal. We also insisted that the vision document should come from the ministry after consulting all stakeholders,” O’Brien said.

The minutes of a meeting of the Oversight and Vision Committee on “Adopt a Heritage” project of the ministry of tourism, held on October 23 last year, show that at least one bid was rejected by the ministry because of the sensitive nature of the Red Fort.

“Despite a government committee rejecting the idea and the parliamentary committee advising the government for a pilot to set the bench mark , the Centre went ahead with its decision. The TMC just wants the government to put a stop to it”, O’Brien insisted.

According to an MoU signed between the ministry of tourism and the Dalmia Bharat Limited, the latter would maintain the monument and build basic infrastructure around it and has committed a sum of 25 crore for the purpose over a period spanning five years.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, January 18, 2022