Adopt a Heritage Project

RELEVANCE – UPSC GS PRELIMS & GS MAINS – I

EXPECTED QUESTIONS

QUES – 1  Consider the following statements regarding ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’-

1 . It is concerned with providing world class tourist facilities at the various natural/cultural heritage sites.

2 . The project envisages that selected public sector companies, private sector companies and individuals will develop tourist amenities at heritage sites and would  be called as ‘Heritage Friends’ .

Which among the above statements is /are correct ?

a . only 1

b . only 2

c . both 1 & 2

d . none of the above

Answer – a

QUES – 2  Consider the following statements regarding ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’-

1 . The project was launched  on 27th Sept, 2017 on the occasion of World Heritage Day.

2 . The project focuses on active industry participation to ensure a sustainable model formulation.

Which among the above statements is /are correct ?

a . only 1

b . only 2

c . both 1 & 2

d . none of the above

Answer – b

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Ministry of Tourism in close collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has  initiated  the“Adopt a Heritage Project”.

Launch

The project was launched by the Hon’ble President of India on 27th Sept, 2017 on the occasion of World Tourism Day.

Objective

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.

Focus

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 focuses on active industry participation to ensure a sustainable model formulation. Resources for the capital and recurring cost is proposed through industry participation, through CSR or any other funding option subject to review and approval of Oversight & Vision Committee.

‘Monument Mitra’

The project envisages that selected public sector companies, private sector companies and individuals will develop tourist amenities at heritage sites. 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 the adopted site initially for the 5 years subject to review at any time.

The project began with 93 ASI ticketed monuments and has now been expanded to other natural and cultural heritage sites and other tourist sites across India.

Categories of heritage sites/monuments

The heritage sites/monuments enlisted are categorized as green, blue and orange on the basis of tourist footfall and visibility. As a part of project guidelines, it is mandatory for Monument Mitra, who is opting for a monument from green category to choose at least one site from either orange or blue category.