More private bodies including Delhi’s Bluebells School International, ITC Hotels, Yatra, GMR, etc have come forward to adopt more heritage monuments and even trek routes in the second phase of the ‘Adopt A Monument’ initiative of the tourism ministry.Tourism Minister K Alphons met with several tourism and culture ministry officials, including the secretaries of both the ministries, to shortlist the names for the second phase who had sent in expressions. While in the first phase, 14 PSUs were handed letters of intents for the maintenance of 14 monuments, in the second phase, eight private bodies have been shortlisted who will now send vision bids — proposals and plans on how they intend to maintain these sites. MoUs with two private bodies selected in the first phase will be signed during the Bharat Parv which will be held on January 27.The eight private bodies in the second phase include infrastructure company GMR, cement company Dalmia Bharat, Delhi’s Bluebells School International, ITC Hotels, law firm Archer and Angel, Rajasthan NGO I Love Foundation, among others.While the Red Fort and Kotla Feroz Shah received multiple proposals in the second phase, other monuments include the Taj Corridor, Elephanta Caves, I’tim?d-ud-Daulah, Aguada Fort, Khan Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb Charminar, etc. Apart from that, travel and trekking routes have also been shortlisted during this place. These include the Gangotri-Gomukh trekking site in Uttarakhand and Ladakh Stok Kangri trek. Vash Global and Adventure Tour Operators of India (ATOI) have placed bids for these.Officials said that ministry will sign MoUs with two agencies — NBCC and Yatra — during the Bharat Parv for the first phase. NBCC will maintain Purana Qila, while Yatra will take care of Qutub Minar, Leh Palace, Ajanta Caves and Hampi. Proposals from three more bodies — Thomas Cook, Trushali International — have been agreed on principle and letters of intent will be handed to them on January 26.PHASE TWOIn the first phase, 14 PSUs were handed letters of intents for the maintenance of 14 monuments. In the second phase, eight private bodies have now been shortlisted.
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