24 monuments in Rajasthan have been identified for ‘adopt a heritage’ scheme. While historic sites like Jaisalmer Fort, Nahargargh Fort, Kumbhalgarh Fort and Amber Fort have been named under the Phase 2 and 3 of the scheme, the Phase 4 list has mentioned 12 more projects. Besides, there is also an indicative list of important monuments open for adoption in 2018 and it includes names like Chand Baori, Bhangarh Fort, Mahal Badshahi (Pushkar), Mandore Fort (Jodhpur), Bharatpur Fort (Bharatpur), Shergarh Fort (Dholpur), Taragarh Fort (Bundi), Deeg Palaces (Bharatpur).
Now officials of the state tourism department, ASI and others will sit together and thrash out various options to make the scheme effective by attracting interest from companies and agencies for adoption.
The “Adopt a Heritage” project of the government plans to entrust heritage sites/monuments and other tourist sites to private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. They would become ‘Monument Mitras’ and adopt the sites. The basic and advanced amenities of the tourist destinations would be provided by them. They would also look after the operations and the maintenance of the amenities. Some of the project included in the project are Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, Chand Baoli in Abhaneri, Pangong Tso in Ladakh and Sunderbans National Park in West Bengal.