Till now 24 Letters of Intent (LoI) have been issued to agencies for 76 sites under “Adopt a Heritage Project” launched by Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The project aims to provide world class tourist facilities at the various natural/cultural heritage sites, monuments and other tourist sites to make them tourist friendly, enhance their tourist potential and cultural importance in a planned and phased manner across the country.
Also, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the following 2 (two) Natural Heritage sites have been signed for adoption under this project till now:
- Gangotri Temple Area and Trail to Gaumukh, Uttarakhand
- Mt. Stok Kangri Trek, Ladakh, Jammu Kashmir
The project primarily focuses on providing basic amenities that include cleanliness, public convenience, drinking water, ease of access for tourists, signage etc. and advanced amenities like TFC, Souvenir shop, Cafeteria etc.
The project envisages to collaborate with private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for development of tourist amenities. They would become Monument Mitra and adopt the sites essentially under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. They would also look after the operations and maintenance of these amenities. The Monument Mitras would associate pride in adoption of these monuments/heritage sites.