4 MoUs signed under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme: Culture Ministry

Four Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) have been signed under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme and six more are at an advanced stage. The information was shared by Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture on June 19, 2018. The scheme, implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India, is reported to be making good progress. Around 31 more Adarsh Monuments have been enlisted for coverage under the scheme.

The four MoUs include:-
1. Mount Stok Kangri Trek Route, Ladakh: The MoU for adoption was signed between Ministry of Tourism, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) and the state government of Jammu & Kashmir.
2. Gangotri Temple Area & Trail to Gaumukh, Uttarakhand: The MoU was signed between Ministry of Tourism, ATOAI and Uttarakhand Government.
3. Red Fort, Delhi: The MoU was signed between Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, ASI and Dalmia Bharat Limited.
4. Gandikota Fort, Andhra Pradesh: The MoU was signed between Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, ASI and Dalmia Bharat Limited.

Key Highlights:-
1. The Adopt a Heritage project aims to develop synergy among all partners to effectively promote ‘responsible tourism’.
2. The selected agency would become ‘Monument Mitras’ through the innovative concept of “Vision Bidding”, where the agency with the best vision for the heritage site will be given an opportunity to associate pride with their CSR activities.
3. The Government has carried out ‘Critical Gap’ analysis in respect of the heritage monuments of importance and has identified public conveniences and civic amenities that can be provided in these monuments with the involvement of corporate sector and PSUs under the CSR activities to enhance the visitor experience.

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