ASI seeks corporates’ help to manage amenities at heritage sites

There are 3,696 protected monuments in the country and Archaeological Survey of India will launch ‘Adopt a Heritage 2.0’ programme on Sept 4 to enhance visitors’ experience through CRS support

ASI protected Monuments

New Delhi: In order to enrich visitors’ experience at protected monuments, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is all set to launch ‘Adopt a Heritage 2.0’ scheme to seek roles of corporate stakeholders in sustaining the rich cultural legacy and enhancing amenities at heritage sites across the country.

The scheme will be formally launched by the ASI on September 4 in New Delhi, under which the institution would urge the corporate stakeholders to enhance amenities at the monuments by utilizing their CSR funds.

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There are 3696 monuments under protection of the ASI, which are spread, throughout the country. These monuments not only exhibit the rich cultural heritage of India but also play a significant role in fostering the economical growth. The programme is a revamped version of the earlier scheme launched in 2017 and clearly defines the amenities sought for different monuments as per AMASR Act 1958.

ASI protected monuments
Lal Quila

The stakeholders can apply for adopting a monument or specific amenity/ amenities at a monument through a dedicated web portal with URL, which contains details of monuments sought for adoption along with gap analysis and financial estimation of amenities, said a senior officer of the Union ministry of culture.

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Union minister of culture, tourism and DoNER G Kishan Reddy, spoke about the importance of cultural heritage in shaping our identity. “Our heritage monuments are not mere structures, they are living testaments of our history, art and architecture. The ‘Adopt a Heritage 2.0’ programme seeks to foster collaboration with corporate stakeholders through which they can contribute in preserving these monuments for our upcoming generations”, said the minister. The process for selection will be carried out after due-diligence and discussions with various stakeholders and assessing the economic and developmental opportunities at each monument.

The selected stakeholders will develop, provide and/or maintain amenities in hygiene, accessibility, safety and knowledge categories. In doing so, they will get an opportunity to be recognized as a responsible and heritage-friendly entity. The term of the appointment will be for a period of five years initially, which may be further extended up to five years.

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Further, a user-friendly mobile app, named ‘Indian Heritage’ will be launched on the same day, which will showcase the heritage monuments of India. The app will feature state-wise details of monuments along with photographs, list of public amenities available, geo-tagged location and feedback mechanism for citizens. The launch will be in a phased manner, with the ticketed monuments launched in Phase I, followed by the remaining monuments. An e-permission portal, with URL for obtaining permission for photography, filming and developmental projects on monuments will also be launched. The portal will fast-track the process for obtaining various permissions and solve operational and logistical bottlenecks involved.

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