Government inviting consulting, design firms to develop iconic sites
Besides its ‘adopt a heritage’ scheme that sparked controversy with the opposition parties accusing the government of leasing out monuments to private parties, the government has also been working on inviting consulting, design and landscaping firms for ‘development of iconic tourism sites’ in India under the swadesh darshan scheme. Consulting firms, architects, design and landscaping companies are expected to bid in consortiums to help develop the areas around the top 12 historical monuments like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Kaziranga National Park , Mahabalipuram, Bodh Gaya, Somnath temple and Ajanta and Ellora to make them ‘world class’.
The government has finished the first round of stakeholder consultations and a pre bid meeting for the project was held last month. As per the minutes of the meeting released by the ministry of tourism, queries have been received from companies like KPMG Advisory, Deloitte, CP Kukreja Associates, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, ANB Consultans, Alia Consulting Solutions, financial consultancy firm Darashaw, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants (India), INI Design Studio (Formerly Stantec Consulting) Colliers International, AS Design Consultants and LEA Associates.