Union Tourism and Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy recently announced that infrastructure conglomerate GMR would be taking care of the Golconda Fort. This is more like the adoption of the fort by the company to maintain and continue to uphold the beauty of the fort along with essential works and reworks that are required.
GMR's adoption will be similar to Dalmia Group's adoption of the Red Fort in New Delhi in 2018 as a part of the 'Adopt A Heritage Scheme.' The Dalmia group won the contract worth Rs.25 crores for five years as caretaker of the heritage structure in Delhi. The minister confirmed that the Red Fort would be launched to the world as a public-private partnership mode in September. Apart from Dalmia, many other construction firms had come forward to repair and reconstruction works at many sites across the country under the Archaeological Survey of India to improve tourists' experiences.
Dalmia Group has also come forward to take up works at few sites at Gandikota, Andhra Pradesh, and do it voluntarily and not look at any profits as they intend to offer this as a service to the society. Apart from this, many other revamping and beautification works will be taken up across nearly 75 monuments as a part of Azadi ka Mahotsav. This special program will be on throughout this month to mark 75 years of Indian independence.
The Union Minister also emphasized how the government is trying to build a new base of boosting tourism in the country as the pandemic left them with no choice but to devise new plans from scratch. The latter also ensured that more Telangana sites would be recognized as part of Heritage structures by the ASI, and necessary funding is done. All these repair projects and contracts lead to the 'Dekho Apna Desh' campaign that will kickstart from January 1 to invite tourists to visit and revive tourism, boost the GDP, and employment rate from the Tourism sector.